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financial sector as a section of the economy

Makeup of the Financial Sector

As mentioned above, the financial sector is made up of many different industries ranging from banks, investment houses, insurance companies, real estate brokers, consumer finance companies, mortgage lenders, and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

The sector is one of the largest portions of the S&P 500. The largest companies within the financial sector are some of the most recognizable banking institutions in the world including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup. While these large companies dominate the sector, there are other, smaller companies that participate in the sector as well.

The second largest industry within the sector is insurance companies which include firms such as American International Group and Chubb.