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USA: Financial freedom index (0-100): For that indicator, The Heritage Foundation provides data for the USA from 1995 to 2018. The average value for the USA during that period was 77 points with a minumum of 70 points in 1995 and a maximum of 90 points in 2001. See the global rankings for that indicator or use the country comparator to compare trends over time.
The Financial Freedom index for the USA from The Heritage Foundation measures the efficiency of the banking system and the interventions of the government into the financial system. A higher score means more efficient banking institutions and less government intervention.
Definition: The Financial freedom index evaluates: the extent of government regulation of financial services, the degree of state intervention in banks and other financial firms through direct and indirect ownership, the extent of financial and capital market development, government influence on the allocation of credit and openness to foreign competition. Higher index values denote banking efficiency and independence from government control and interference in the financial sector.