Key Charts - Size and Structure

Financial Intermediation Size Indicator

The three indicators in this chart reflect the importance of financial services relative to the size of the economy. The sum of the indicators (which includes claims on the non-financial real sector) indicates the total claims that financial intermediaries have on non-financial domestic sectors, relative to GDP. The figure shows no clear relationship between income levels and the indicators. High-income countries have a large share of other financial institution assets as a percentage of GDP, which indicates that those countries are not reliant on central banks and have higher levels of financial development. Low-income countries rely the most on central bank assets.

Source: Global Financial Development Database, 2011

Financial Intermediation Size Indicator

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