in·​ter·​me·​di·​a·​tion | \ ˌin-tər-ˌmē-dē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce intermediation (audio) \

Definition of intermediation

: the act of coming between : intervention, mediation

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Kindleberger observed that the U.S. financial system was providing an important financial intermediation service to the world. David Beckworth, National Review, "Why the U.S. Dollar Will Remain Strong," 22 Aug. 2019 Time and again, financial innovation has given rise to types of financial intermediation that operate outside the regulatory framework, often bringing lower costs, better services, or more choice. Timothy Massad, Fortune, "Is Facebook Libra a Betrayal of Satoshi Nakamoto’s Vision?," 15 July 2019 But still, something gets lost in the intermediation. Simone Stolzoff,, "Who needs neighbors when there’s an app for everything?," 21 June 2019 Perhaps Omni’s new model will introduce some neighbors to local shops, but the intermediation of an app might change the timbre of the relationship. Simone Stolzoff,, "Who needs neighbors when there’s an app for everything?," 21 June 2019 This intermediation would also put pressure on banks to pay higher interest rates to depositors. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Narrow Odds for Narrow Banks," 12 Sep. 2018 America’s banks play a crucial role in global financial intermediation, helping to propagate changes in sentiment around the world. The Economist, "Rate rises affect global markets—and may feed back to America," 14 June 2018 The blockchain removes much of the need for intermediation between two parties, said Blythe Masters, CEO of financial technology company Digital Asset. WSJ, "Former Trump Advisers Bullish About Second-Term Prospects," 12 Apr. 2018 Kuroda said Thursday that financial intermediation hasn’t been impaired in Japan and that talk about the theory doesn’t indicate any need for policy change., "BOJ Maintains Stimulus as Inflation Lags Behind Growth," 21 Dec. 2017

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1602, in the meaning defined above

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