Discover Financial Services was incorporated in Delaware in 1960. The Company is a direct banking and payment services company. The Company offers credit card loans, private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans and deposit products. It operates the Discover Network, credit card payments network; the PULSE Network, automated teller machine, debit and electronic funds transfer network; and Diners Club International, global payments network. Its business segments are Direct Banking, formerly referred to as U.S. Card, and Payment Services, formerly referred to as Third-Party Payments. Direct Banking segment includes Discover card-branded credit cards issued to individuals and small businesses on the Discover Network and other consumer products and services, including personal loans, student loans, prepaid cards and other consumer lending and deposit products offered through its Discover Bank subsidiary. Payment Services segment includes PULSE, its ATM, debit and electronic funds transfer network; Diners Club, global payments network; and its third-party issuing business, which includes credit, debit and prepaid cards issued on the Discover Network by third parties. The PULSE Network is one of the nation's main ATM/debit networks. PULSE links cardholders of more than 6,000 financial institutions with ATMs and point-of-sale terminals located throughout the United States. Its Diners Club business maintains an acceptance network in over 185 countries and territories through its relationships with 80 licensees, which are generally financial institutions. In order to attract and retain customers and merchants, the Company continues to develop new products, features, and benefits and market them through a variety of channels, including mail, phone and online. Targeted offers might include balance transfers, fee products and reinforcement of its Cashback Bonus rewards program. The Company maintains a full-service, in-house direct marketing department charged with delivering integrated communications to foster customer engagement with its products and services in addition to supervising external agencies. Processing services cover four functional areas: card personalization/embossing, print/mail, remittance processing and document processing. As a credit card issuer, it competes for accounts and utilization with cards issued by other financial institutions including American Express, Bank of America, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup. Its operations are subject to regulation, supervision and examination under U.S. federal, state and foreign laws and regulations.
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