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17:42 Dec 19, 2010
German to English translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - Finance (general)
German term or phrase:Schuldnerin
"Die [Bank] ist grundsätzlich Schuldnerin des Fremdwährungskontos."
This is in a letter from a Swiss bank to a company opening a foreign currency account...
I'm not quite sure what they're getting at here. Do they just mean they underwrite any liabilities incurred by the account? The next sentence says that as it involves balances in foreign currencies, all exchange risks are borne by the client.
Any bank is technically the debtor to all the depositors. It is just
rarely phrased that way in the Anglosphere. And, of course, the
feminine form - die Bank - takes an extra handful of milliseconds to
process, for an English speaker who might think of the female
form referring to a female human being.