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Definition: Direct sale of financial assets

National accounts

The direct sale of financial assets has to be completely recorded in the financial accounts of general government and of the involved enterprise: it is a withdrawal of shares or other equity (F.5) from the enterprise which was, partially or totally, owned by government, with a counterpart entry as an increasing of a financial asset (most of the time, liquid assets, F.2).  This has no impact on the net lending/net borrowing of general government.
Eurostat, "ESA 95 manual on government deficit and debt, 2002 Edition", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 2002, Chapter II.2