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2015 Census of Finance Companies


Welcome to the homepage of the website for the 2015 Census of Finance Companies.

The 2015 Census of Finance Companies is a key part of a larger effort by the Federal Reserve System to produce data on the types and volume of financing provided by nonbank financial institutions to households and businesses in the U.S. economy.

The results of this effort help inform the Federal Reserve System of the effects of its policy decisions on credit markets that provide financing to millions of households and businesses.

The results also are the basis for finance company industry information in publicly available data releases, including the G.19 Consumer Credit release, the G.20 Finance Companies release, and the Z.1 Financial Accounts of the United States release (tables F.127 and L.127). These releases are considered critical indicators of the state of the U.S. economy by the financial industry, nonfinancial businesses, policymakers outside the Federal Reserve System, and researchers.

The Federal Reserve System has conducted this census every five years since 1955 to obtain current, statistically reliable data on the composition of the industry. No other source exists for these data. Because this study is a census, it aims to classify every company in the United States that operates or might operate as a finance company. Consequently, there is no substitute for each company.

Participation in this census is voluntary. Individual company responses are confidential and will not be released to anyone. Only census staff will have access to the data.

The Federal Reserve encourages companies to participate in the census. Please read the letter (120 KB PDF) from Janet Yellen, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, encouraging participation in the Census of Finance Companies.

If you have questions regarding the survey please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

As of January 1, 2016, the 2015 Census of Finance Companies can no longer be completed online. Please mail in your completed paper form.

Thank you.

Last update: February 1, 2016

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