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intermediationthe role of financial institutions such as COMMERCIAL BANKS and BUILDING SOCIETIES as intermediaries in channelling funds from lenders to borrowers.
intermediationthe role of the financial institutions in channelling SAVINGS and other deposits by LENDERS to BORROWERS. Financial intermediaries such as COMMERCIAL BANKS and BUILDING SOCIETIES accept deposits from individuals and businesses and use these funds to make LOANS to creditworthy customers. An intermediary's profit is the difference between INTEREST RATES paid for deposits and interest rates on loans. See FINANCIAL SYSTEM, DISINTERMEDIATION.
The normal flow of money into financial institutions in the form of deposits,which are then loaned out to earn income.Contrast with disintermediation,which occurs when depositors take their money out of financial institutions because they can earn more money,relatively risk free, in other investments.