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Brokers and agents are individuals or firms that arrange, execute, or otherwise facilitate client transactions in financial assets.

Included are brokers and agents handling the purchase and sale of securities or other financial contracts for clients, and financial advisory services that provide specialized services to brokers and their customers.

Because many brokerage firms also trade in financial securities or financial derivatives on the firm’s own account, it can be difficult to distinguish brokers and agents from underwriters and dealers classified as financial intermediaries.

By convention, this grouping should include only brokers and agents that clearly specialize in brokerage and related activities rather than the intermediation activities that are generally accomplished by underwriters and dealers classified as insurance corporations.

Source Publication:
Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual, IMF, Washington, 2000, para. 101.


Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Monday, March 3, 2003