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Third quarter 2008

The Financial Flow Accounts (FFA) measure net lending or borrowing by examining financial transactions in the economy by sector. The Financial Flow Accounts arrive at a measure of net financial investment which is the difference between change in financial assets and liabilities (e.g., net purchases of securities less net issuance of securities).

The Financial Flow Accounts also provide the link between financial and non-financial activity in the economy which ties estimates of saving and non-financial asset formation (e.g., investment in new housing) with the underlying financial transactions.