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Figure 4.1. The financial system: key participants and linkagesKey participants in the U.S. and global financial system include the lenders and savers who are matched up with borrowers and spenders through various markets and intermediaries. The Federal Reserve monitors the financial system to ensure the linkages among these three entities are well-functioning and adjusts its policymaking or engagement with other policymakers to address any emerging concerns.
Source: Adapted from Frederic S. Mishkin and Stanley G. Eakins, Financial Markets and Institutions, 7th Edition (Boston: