Caixa Econ�mica Federal, or CAIXA, is a Brazilian behemoth. With more than 30 million customers, the government-owned company is one of Brazil's largest banks and the largest publicly held bank in Latin America. CAIXA operates some 17,000 locations throughout Brazil, including outlets in hotels and restaurants. In addition to it traditional activities, the bank invests in sports and cultural activities, pays government assistance benefits for the poor, and runs most of the country's lotteries. Portugese bank BCP provides correspondent services to CAIXA customers in Canada, the US, and Portugal.