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Foreign visitors with their hired transport, with tinted windows, parked opposite one of the city's five star hotels, with the city centre across the lake behind. Geneva claims to have invented private banking, and 80 banks - many of them foreign, handle an estimated 40% of foreign assets, in Switzerland. The city of Calvin is also home to hundreds of finance companies and independent asset managers feeding into this system. It has also become a major centre for trading companies dealing in primary materials ranging from oil to wheat.