Ally Financial Inc was founded in 1919. The Company is an independent, automotive financial services firm. The Company is engaged in Dealer Financial Services and Mortgage, Corporate and Other business. Dealer Financial Services includes its Automotive Finance operations and Insurance operations. Its primary customers are automotive dealers, which are typically independently owned businesses. Dealer Financial Services operations offer financial services and insurance products to approximately 17,000 automotive dealerships and approximately 4.4 million of their retail customers. Automotive Finance operations consist of automotive finance business generated in the United States. The commercial automotive financing operations fund dealer inventory purchases of new and used vehicles, commonly referred to as wholesale or floorplan financing. Its Insurance operations offer both consumer finance protection and insurance products sold through the automotive dealer channel, and commercial insurance products sold directly to dealers. It offers dealers consumer financial and insurance products, it provides vehicle service contracts, maintenance coverage, and GAP products. The vehicle service contracts for retail customers offer owners and lessees mechanical repair protection and roadside assistance for new and used vehicles beyond the manufacturer's new vehicle warranty. Consumer mortgage consists of first mortgage, subordinate-lien mortgages and home equity loans. Commercial & industrial mortgage consists of warehouse lending. Corporate and Other consists of its Commercial Finance Group, its centralized corporate treasury activities, such as management of the cash and corporate investment securities portfolios, short- and long-term debt, retail and brokered deposit liabilities, derivative instruments, the amortization of the discount associated with debt issuance and bond exchanges, and the residual impacts of its corporate funds-transfer pricing (FTP) and treasury asset liability management (ALM) activities. Ally Bank, a banking subsidiary of Company, raises deposits directly from customers through direct banking via the internet, telephone, mobile, and mail channels. It offers deposit product offerings including savings and money market accounts, certificates of deposit, interest-bearing checking accounts, trust accounts, and individual retirement accounts. The insurance business faces competition from automotive manufacturers, insurance carriers, third-party administrators, brokers, and other insurance-related companies. Ally Bank faces competition from commercial banks, savings institutions, and other financial institutions. The Company is subject to various regulatory, financial, and other requirements of the jurisdictions in which its businesses operate.
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