FSI Releases Economic Impact Study

September 26, 2016

Study analyzes impact of FSI members at national, state & local level

Today, the Financial Services Institute (FSI) released “The Economic Impact of FSI’s Members,” an economic impact analysis of FSI’s member firms. The report measures the national and state economic impact of FSI members and compares those figures with the overall economic impact of the financial services industry at the state level. The report looks at the direct (operational), indirect (supply chain) and induced (wage spending) contributions of the independent financial services industry.

“We have always known that our members make tremendous contributions to the economy, not only at the national level, but also in the state and local economies in which they serve,” said FSI President & CEO Dale Brown. “With this study we have now quantified those contributions and shown that the impact of independent financial services firms and independent advisors extends well beyond the financial services industry.”

A few of the study’s findings:

  • $48 billion contributed to the U.S. GDP by FSI members in 2015
  • 482,000 jobs created by FSI members
  • 1 in 6 independent financial advisors are veterans
  • FSI members generate the highest economic activity as a share of the financial services industry in small and mid-sized states:
    • Mississippi (41.1%)
    • Maine (36.4%)
    • Kansas (30.1%)
  • Notwithstanding their disproportionately large contribution to smaller states, FSI members have significant impact in large states as well:
    • California ($5.4 billion)
    • New York ($4.3 billion)
    • Texas ($2.9 billion)
  • Outside of the financial services industry, FSI members have the greatest impact in these industries:
    • Professional and business services
    • Trade, transportation and utilities
    • Education and health services

Click here to view an infographic of the study’s findings.

Click here to download the full study.

About the Financial Services Institute (FSI): The Financial Services Institute (FSI) is the only organization advocating solely on behalf of independent financial advisors and independent financial services firms. Since 2004, through advocacy, education and public awareness, FSI has successfully promoted a more responsible regulatory environment for more than 100 independent financial services firm members and their 160,000+ affiliated financial advisors – which comprise over 60% of all producing registered representatives. We effect change through involvement in FINRA governance as well as constructive engagement in the regulatory and legislative processes, working to create a healthier regulatory environment for our members so they can provide affordable, objective advice to hard-working Main Street Americans. For more information, please visit financialservices.org.

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