DEFINITION
Systemically Important Financial Institution

"Systemically Important Financial Institution": (SIFI.) A financial firm whose disorderly failure would because of its: (i) Size, (ii) Complexity, and (iii) Systemic interconnectednesscause significant disruption to the wider financial system and to economic activity in its (main) country or region of operation. The idea was developed for banks considered too big to fail. It has been extended to other types of institutions and the Financial Stability Oversight Council in the US, for example, has provisionally identified certain insurance companies and investors as potential US SIFIs.
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