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Classification and terminology of financial corporations in the updated SNA Reimund Mink Paris, 10 and 11 October 2005 Paper prepared for the meeting of the OECD Working Party on Financial Statistics Classification and terminology of financial corporations in the updated SNA

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Classification and terminology of financial corporations in the updated SNA

Reimund Mink

Paris, 10 and 11 October 2005

Paper prepared for the meeting of the OECD Working Party on Financial Statistics


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Classification and terminology of the updated SNA

financial corporations in the updated SNA

  • Current classification and terminology of financial corporations in the 1993 SNA, the 1995 ESA and related manuals

  • Reasons for changes of the classification in the 1993 SNA

  • Progress achieved so far

  • Proposed solutions


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Classification and terminology of the updated SNA

financial corporations in the updated SNA

  • One of a cross-cutting items indirectly touched by various 1993 SNA update and clarification issues:

    • Treatment of retained earnings of mutual funds, insurance corporations and pension funds as institutional units (issue 42)

    • Treatment of holding companies, special purpose entities (SPEs), trusts or special purpose vehicles (SPVs) (issue 25)

    • Delineation of private and public financial corporations (issue 36)

    • Definition of financial intermediation and financial intermediaries (issue 6).

  • Papers on these issues were already prepared by the Balance of Payments Committee (BOPCOM), the Task Force on Harmonisation of Public Sector Accounting (TFHPSA), and the OECD Task Force on Financial Services and forwarded to the Advisory Expert Group (AEG) meetings in December 2004 and in July 2005.

  • One clarification issue on the review of SNA terminology for user-friendliness (C3) is somewhat linked to this subject.


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    Current classification and terminology of financial corporations in the 1993 SNA, the 1995 ESA and related manuals


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    Reasons for changes of the classification in the 1993 SNA corporations in the

    • The existing more precise and detailed descriptions of financial

    • corporations in the 1995 ESA and in the 2000 MFSM might be taken to improve the current presentation in the 1993 SNA

    • Recent legislative work and developments on the financial markets should also be taken into account for the SNA update

    • Policy and analytical needs in the context of monetary and financial stability analysis are also of some importance on how to define and classify financial corporations

    • Financial innovation in terms of also developing new institutions is seen as an ongoing process within a dynamic and efficient economy


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    Progress achieved so far corporations in the

    • Progress in the context of the SNA review

      • Unincorporated entities and branches

      • SPEs

      • Non-resident SPVs established by general government

    • Progress made on other financial intermediaries statistics

    • (ESCB statistics on OFIs)

    • Five types of institutions in this sub-sector:

    • Investment funds (IFs);

    • Financial vehicle corporations created to hold securitised assets (FVHs); Financial corporations engaged in lending (FCLs)

    • Financial holding corporations (FHCs)

    • Security and derivative dealers (SDDs)

    • Remaining grouping as “other”

    • Progress made based on the 1995 ESA MGDD

      • FHCs securitising government assets as SPVs

      • Privatisation and restructuring agencies



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    Proposed classification of financial corporations in the new SNA

    • Monetary financial intermediaries as financial corporations

    • with at least some monetary liabilities, meaning liabilities that

    • form part of broad money

    • Central banks are monetary financial intermediaries

    • “Deposit corporations” avoids the term “other depository

    • corporations” (the present S.122 in the 1993 SNA)

    • However, the term deposit money corporationsmay still be

    • appropriate for institutions with liabilities included in narrow

    • money, where countries want to make that distinction.


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    Proposed classification of financial corporations in the new SNA

    • Splitting out investment funds reflects their importance (about 75% of total S.123 balance sheets in the euro area and in other economies) and the ECB’s plans to collect harmonised statistical data on them by regulation (this aspect of the proposal may however reflect a European bias)

    • An alternative would be to have them as an optional category in S.123 (as presently numbered)

    • “Investment funds” is wider than mutual funds, since it includes closed-end

    • investment companies which issue equity.

    • Cash or money market funds are part of S.122 (or S.1212 in the new numbering)

    • Within investment funds there may be interest in separate data for funds

    • specialising in equities, bonds, and property, and perhaps for hedge funds.Listing these (and perhaps other) types of institutions as separate sub-

    • categories would risk overloading it


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    Proposed classification of financial corporations in the new SNA

    • No further breakdown is suggested for the remaining corporations, which are

    • part of S.123

    • For these corporations, miscellaneous financial intermediaries may be

    • slightly better than “other” financial intermediaries

    • Some of these categories comprise a mixture of institutions which some

    • countries may wish to identify

    • Miscellaneous financial intermediariesinclude (to name only a few types)

    • FVCs set up to hold securitised assets (SPVs), financial corporations

    • engaged in lending (consumer credit, trade finance, general business

    • lending, financial leasing, housing finance), security and derivative dealers,

    • financial holding companies, and venture capital companies - in all cases of

    • course institutions which have no monetary liabilities

    • These and other miscellaneous financial intermediaries may be of

    • considerable importance in some countries, and of much interest for policy

    • analysis, but much less important if they exist at all elsewhere


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    Proposed boxes of the new SNA SNA

    • It is proposed to describe the terms

    • Financial corporations and financial intermediation

    • Monetary financial intermediaries and

    • Special purpose entities

    • in boxes in the new SNA


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