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A formal scheme normally established by law that is designed to limit the losses of depositors in the event of bank failure(s). Typically, the scheme is intended to support the confidence in the financial system of small-scale depositors and thus reduce the risk of systemic crises being caused by panic withdrawals of deposits. The scheme can be privately or government operated and funded.

Source Publication:
IMF, 2004, Compilation Guide on Financial Soundness Indicators, IMF, Washington DC, Appendix VII, Glossary.

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics

Created on Thursday, August 26, 2004