What’s a “bee-mo”?

Ever wonder where the name “BMO” comes from? It’s the bank’s stock ticker symbol on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges. For decades, “bee-mo” was how investment industry insiders commonly referred to the bank. So it was the natural choice when considering a new name to join the companies and lines of business together – BMO Financial Group.

Post-War Boom

North America’s rapidly expanding post-war economy fuelled unprecedented increases in household income and wealth. Banks and financial institutions also experienced something of a consumer-finance revolution after 1945. People had more and more ability to spend, borrow, deposit, and invest. They also began to demand access to an expanding range of financial products and services.

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