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Financial intermediation beyond the banks : recent developments

Clive Thorp

The New Zealand financial system is dominated by banks, whose assets are well over 90 per cent of those of all deposit-taking institutions. Banking groups also own fund management businesses, with more than a quarter of all funds under management. However, the activities of savings institutions, finance companies, the non-institutional market and independent fund managers are important, notwithstanding their relatively reduced role. This article discusses developments in non-bank financial institutions and markets over recent years.