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Electronic money

Electronic money (e-money) is broadly defined as an electronic store of monetary value on a technical device that may be widely used for making payments to entities other than the e-money issuer. The device acts as a prepaid bearer instrument which does not necessarily involve bank accounts in transactions. The dataset covers the euro area as a whole and euro area Member States.

Monetary financial institution (MFI) balance sheet items (BSI) statistics are compiled by the ECB and include monthly and quarterly data. The MFI sector includes central banks, credit institutions, money market funds (MMFs), and e-money institutions and deposit-taking corporations other than credit institutions that are covered under the MFI definition.

Electronic money (e-money) is broadly defined as an electronic store of monetary value on a technical device that may be widely used for making payments to entities other than the e-money issuer. The device, which can be hardware-based or software-based, acts as a prepaid bearer instrument which does not necessarily involve bank accounts in transactions.Aggregated euro area issuance of e-money is available on a monthly basis, while data for individual euro area countries are only released annually. The statistics do not distinguish between hardware-based and software-based e-money.

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For further information on the credit institutions and money market funds statistics, please access the documentation below:

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Monetary Statistics (full report)

 Electronic money