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IMF Statistical Topics

Last updated: December 05, 2013


An Update of Methodological Guidelines in Macroeconomic Datasets
The statistical community is working closely to update macroeconomic statistical guidelines to meet the changing economic realities and emerging issues. The initiative is led by the update of the System of National Accounts 1993 (1993 SNA). The 1993 SNA provides the methodological reference underlying other macroeconomic datasets that are also of interest to the Fund. These include the datasets on fiscal, monetary, balance of payments, external debt, international reserves, and price statistics. Harmonized statistical methodologies facilitate international comparability, support the efficient use of statistical resources, and promote the analytical usefulness of statistics.


Balance of Payments and International Investment Position (IIP) Statistics
Provides data on the international reserves and foreign currency liquidity of selected countries, on portfolio investment from the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS), and on external debt, as well as metadata and cross-country comparison tables describing the practices of 56 countries for compiling their data on foreign direct investment (FDI) and the practices of 63 economies for compiling their data on the CPIS. Also provides information on research and methodology, including the revision of the fifth edition of the Balance of Payments Manual, manuals on balance of payments, external debt, financial derivatives, and statistics on international trade in services, and guidelines for the CPIS, for dissemination of data on international reserves and foreign currency liquidity, for foreign exchange reserve management, and for the development of IIP statistics. Also covered are the annual reports of the IMF Committee on Balance of Payments Statistics, and the statistical papers presented to that Committee, as well as newsletters on topical issues and information on where to obtain statistical publications containing IMF data on balance of payments and IIP statistics.


Currency Composition of Official Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER)
The COFER database is an IMF database that keeps end-of-period quarterly data on the currency composition of official foreigtn exchange reserves.


Direction Of Trade Statistics (DOTS)
Provides data on the country and area distribution of countries' exports and imports as reported by themselves or by their partners.
The DOTS yearbook gives seven years of data for about 187 countries.
The DOTS quarterly issues cover data for the most recent six quarters and the latest year for about 156 countries, and ten quarters and five years for the world and area tables.
These publications are not available in full text on the web.


Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board (DSBB)
Provides access to and information on the Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS), the General Data Dissemination System (GDDS), and the Data Quality Reference (DQRS) sites.


Export and Import Price Indices Manual (TEG-XMPI)
The Technical Expert Groups on the Producer Price Index (TEG-PPI) the Consumer Price Index (TEG-CPI), and the Export and Import Price Indices (TEG-XMPI) were formed under the aegis of the Inter-secretariat Working Group on Price Statistics (IWGPS) to produce Manuals on international best practice in compiling producer, consumer, and international trade price statistics, respectively. IWGPS Manuals are designed with consistent structure, terminology, and notation wherever appropriate. The IMF is the coordinating agency for the TEG-XMPI.


External Debt Statistics
External debt data, conference on capital flows and debt statistics, Guide for Compilers and Users, and selected publications.


Financial Soundness Indicators
Provides access to IMF publications on Financial Soundness Indicators, and other related information.


Government Finance Statistics
Provides access to the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2001, GFS companion material, the Task Force on Harmonization of Public Sector Accounting, research on GFS issues, and other related information.


Integrated Correspondence System (ICS)
The Integrated Correspondence System (ICS) is a web-based data reporting system developed by the IMF Statistics Department (STA) for use by country data reporters. The ICS provides data reporters with an efficient method of sending data to STA in a secure Internet environment using Excel.


International Financial Statistics (IFS) Online Service
The IFS database contains time series data from 1948.


International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity
Re-disseminates IMF member countries' data on international reserves and foreign currency liquidity in a common template and in a common currency (the U.S. dollar). Historical data by country and selected topics are also available.


Joint BIS-IMF-OECD-World Bank Statistics on External Debt
Provides the latest international data available, mainly from creditor sources, on the external debt of developing and transition countries and territories.


Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual
Provides a set of tools for identifying, classifying, and recording stocks and flows of financial assets and liabilities and describes standard, analytically oriented frameworks in which the statistics may be presented and identifies a set of analytically useful aggregates within those frameworks.

Compilation Guide for Monetary and Financial Statistics -- Draft
The Guide describes the economic sectorization, valuation, and other accounting rules used in compiling data on the financial assets and liabilities of the financial corporations sector (monetary statistics) and all economic sectors (financial statistics) of an economy.


National Accounts Discussion Forum
This discussion group on the concept and measurement of interest was instituted pursuant to a decision of the Intersecretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA). The outcome of the discussion will inform the ISWGNA on the issues of importance to producers and users of statistics, and may eventually lead to a clarification of the 1993 System of National Accounts (SNA).


Producer Price Index Manual
The Technical Expert Groups on the Producer Price Index (TEG-PPI) and on the Consumer Price Index (TEG-CPI) were formed under the aegis of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Price Statistics (IWGPS). Manuals produced by the IWGPS are being designed with consistent structure, terminology, and notation wherever appropriate. The IMF is the coordinating agency for the TEG-PPI.


Quarterly National Accounts Manual
Concepts, Data Sources, and Compilation. The manual has been designed for national accounts compilers who have experience in annual compilation and wish to develop quarterly estimates, as well as those already working on quarterly estimates who wish to consider improvements to existing systems.


The Treatment of Nonperforming Loans in Macroeconomic Statistics—An Online Discussion
This Electronic Discussion Group (EDG) has been established at the recommendation of the Intersecretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA). The purpose is to work towards an acceptable treatment for nonperforming loans in macroeconomic statistics.


The Treatment of Pension Schemes in Macroeconomic Statistics—An Online Discussion
At the request of the Intersecretariat Working Group on National Accounts (ISWGNA), the IMF Statistics Department has established an Electronic Discussion Group (EDG) on the treatment of pension schemes, including social security and unfunded employer pension schemes. The purpose of the EDG is to explore alternative ways of recording and to identify the most appropriate treatment of such pension schemes in macroeconomic statistical systems.


World Economic Outlook Databases
The WEO database is created during the biannual World Economic Outlook (WEO) exercise. Selected series that are available in the WEO publication are now available on the web.