Financial statistics exhibit great contrasts regarding availability. Some were collected and published from a very early date. Some may have been collected but were regarded as state secrets. Others were not collected for a long time because they were regarded as private secrets whose publication was beyond the competence of state compulsion. Finally, in the period since World War II, the centrally-planned economies of eastern Europe have returned to the old policy of treating many financial statistics as state secrets.
KeywordsCentral Bank Commercial Bank Saving Bank State Secret Demand Deposit
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