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Financial Soundness Indicators (FSIx)

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Session No.: OL 23.233

Location: Course conducted online

Date: September 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023 (17 weeks)

Delivery Method: Online Training

Primary Language: English

    Target Audience

    Officials at central banks and supervisory agencies for the financial sector who are involved in the collection, compilation, and analysis of financial soundness indicators (FSIs).

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    Participants are expected to have a degree in economics, statistics, finance or accounting, or equivalent experience. Access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection and a Google Chrome web browser are essential. 

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    Course Description

    This course, presented by the Statistics Department, of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)  introduces participants to the underlying concepts, definitions, and methodology for the compilation of Financial Soundness Indicators (FSIs). FSIs were developed by the IMF in the late 1990s and currently, more than 140 countries compile and report FSIs to the IMF. These indicators are widely used by researchers, analysts, and policymakers around the world to monitor the soundness of the financial system as a whole from a macroprudential perspective, as well as by IMF staff in financial stability analysis and surveillance. This course covers the history of the FSIs and their application in surveillance and macroprudential analysis, the conceptual framework for the FSIs, the data collection process for FSI compilation and its underlying aggregation and consolidation methodologies as well as the application of core and additional FSIs in macroprudential analysis. An important reference throughout this course is the Financial Soundness Indicators Compilation Guide revised in 2019. The 2019 FSIs Guide is the ultimate authority on FSI concepts and methods and is the foundation of this course.

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    Course Objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

    • Define the key concepts of the FSIs and their application in surveillance and macroprudential analysis. 
    • Define the conceptual framework including application of the regulatory capital, leverage and liquidity concepts used in FSI compilation.  
    • Describe the data preparation process for FSI compilation, and apply the recommended aggregation and consolidation methodologies. 
    • Specify each of the Core and Additional FSIs for deposit-takers and explain the application of each in macroprudential analysis.
    • Identify the source data and specify the FSIs for non-deposit takers, and explain their application in macroprudential analysis.
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