Definition of SIFI in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsifē/

noun (plural SIFIs)

chiefly US
A financial institution regarded as so important to the economy that its failure could lead to a widespread economic crisis: G20 finance ministers endorsed a comprehensive framework to reduce the risks posed by SIFIs
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  • It may be designated a non-bank SIFI under a Financial Stability Oversight Council proposal.
  • I suggest that the problem with SIFIs is they are fundamentally inconsistent with capitalism.
  • Under the proposed rules, identifying systemically important financial institutions other than banks - in short, nonbank SIFIs - will normally be a sequential three-stage process.


Early 21st century: acronym from systemically important financial institution.

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Syllabification: SI·FI

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