Welcome to the Survey of Finance Companies.

This follow-up survey to the 2020 Census of Finance Companies and Other Lenders 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. It collects from finance companies their balance sheet data on major categories of households, real estate, and business credit receivables and various components of liabilities as of June 30, 2021. Additional information is also sought on income, expenses, and COVID-19 pandemic relief accommodations provided by finance companies. A fillable copy of the survey form is available here (PDF).

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 in the United States.

The results are also the basis for industry-specific 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. For market participants, policymakers, and researchers, these releases are critical indicators of the state of the U.S. economy. Examples of analysis of these data are available in the Federal Reserve Bulletin and the FEDS Notes.

Since 1955, the Federal Reserve System has conducted this survey every five years to obtain current, statistically reliable data on the composition of the industry. No other source exists for these data.

Participation in this survey is voluntary. Individual company responses are confidential pursuant to exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(4).

The Federal Reserve encourages companies to participate in the Survey of Finance Companies. Please read the letter (PDF) from Jerome H. Powell, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

If you have questions regarding the survey, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, email [email protected], or call and leave a message at (800) 281-4930. Please reference your Unique Company ID in all correspondence to help us better assist you.

Attention: The online portal for the 2020 Survey of Finance Companies is now closed. Please email [email protected] or call 1-800-281-4930 if you have any questions. If you would like to submit your response electronically, please email [email protected]. You can also mail your completed paper form to:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
P.O. Box 341
Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-0341

Thank you.

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Last Update: September 16, 2022