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Survey of finance companies, 2000


  • Karen E. Dynan
  • Kathleen W. Johnson
  • Samuel M. Slowinski


Against a backdrop of robust economic activity, the finance company sector expanded briskly over the second half of the 1990s. The value of receivables held by finance companies in the United States rose nearly 50 percent, or about 11 percent a year, between 1996 and 2000. Business lending remained finance companies' major line of activity; the importance to the sector of consumer lending and leasing declined slightly, and the importance of real estate lending rose a bit. These and other findings from the Federal Reserve's mid-2000 benchmark survey of finance companies, as well as developments in the sector since that time, are discussed in this article.

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  • Karen E. Dynan & Kathleen W. Johnson & Samuel M. Slowinski, 2002. "Survey of finance companies, 2000," Federal Reserve Bulletin, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.), issue Jan, pages 1-14.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgrb:y:2002:i:jan:p:1-14:n:v.88no.1

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    1. David B. Gordon & Ross Levine, 1988. "The capital flight "problem."," International Finance Discussion Papers 320, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    2. Steven B. Kamin & Robert B. Kahn & Ross Levine, 1989. "External debt and developing country growth," International Finance Discussion Papers 352, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
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    1. Inderst, Roman & Mueller, Holger M., 2008. "Bank capital structure and credit decisions," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 17(3), pages 295-314, July.
    2. Lisa Chen & Kathleen W. Johnson & Arthur B. Kennickell, 2013. "Discovering the universe: measuring the role of finance companies in the U.S. economy," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2013-13, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
    3. Charles C. Ou, 2005. "Statistical Databases for Economic Research on the Financing of Small Firms in the United States," Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance, Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, vol. 10(3), pages 35-62, Fall.

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