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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  12:01 A.M. EST, THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2009

Securities and Commodities Industry Revenue Down 36 Percent in 2008

     Revenues for securities, commodity contracts and other financial investment activities decreased 36.1 percent in 2008, from $464 billion in 2007 to $297 billion in 2008, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

     The data tables, 2008 Service Annual Survey: Securities, Commodities, and other Financial Investments, provide national estimates of annual revenue and expenses for businesses with paid employees that provide financial services such as securities and commodity contracts, portfolio management and investment advice. This industry group is classified under the North American Industry Classification System as NAICS 523.

     "The significant drop in revenue for activities associated with this segment of the financial sector followed closely on the heels of the recession that began in December 2007," said Mark Wallace, chief of the Census Bureau's Service Sector Statistics Division. "This survey shows which industries were the hardest hit and which were the more resilient."

     Securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage revenues (NAICS 5231) decreased 49.9 percent, from $318 billion in 2007 to $159 billion, in 2008. Within this group:

  • Investment banking and securities dealing decreased from $163 billion in 2007 to $23 billion in 2008, a loss of 86 percent.
  • Securities brokerage decreased from $143 billion in 2007 to $123 billion in 2008, a loss of 13.7 percent.
  • Commodity contracts dealing increased from $7.1 billion in 2007 to $7.9 billion in 2008, a gain of 10.1 percent.

     Looking at other financial investment activities (NAICS 5239),

  • Portfolio management decreased from $117 billion in 2007 to $109 billion in 2008, a loss of 6.9 percent.
  • Investment advice decreased from $29 billion in 2007 to $28 billion in 2008, a loss of 4.4 percent.
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The Service Annual Survey (SAS) does not cover the entire NAICS 523 subsector for 2008. The data include NAICS 5231 (securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage) and NAICS 5239x (other financial investment activities) but exclude NAICS 5232 (securities and commodity exchanges). NAICS 5239x includes NAICS 52392 (portfolio management) and NAICS 52393 (investment advice) but excludes NAICS 52391 (miscellaneous intermediation) and NAICS 52399 (all other financial investment activities).

The estimates are based on data from the 2008 Service Annual Survey based on the 2002 North American Industry Classification System and apply only to employer firms. Estimates contain sampling and nonsampling errors. To keep the identity of an individual firm confidential, some estimates may be suppressed. See <http://www.census.gov/services/sas/cv.html> for measures of sampling variability and other survey information.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: February 10, 2014