Companies that provide financial services and products that facilitate the creation, liquidation, or change in ownership of money and other financial assets. Includes credit-related services, investment-related services, oversight services, investment banking, all other banking, insurance, central banks and monetary authorities, and stock exchanges.
An entity that manages and holds responsibility for the monetary and fiscal policies of its country. It is responsible for the stability of the national currency and money supply; it also acts as a fiscal agent for the central government and as a lender of last resort to the banking sector and the national financial system. Monetary authorities also include international organizations that are responsible for overseeing the global financial system; they also include national authorities that are responsible for other monetary activities such as maintaining an exchange rate with foreign currency and other monetary functions as well as other organizations that contribute to the national or international monetary regulation.