Assessing Reserve Adequacy

The Reserve Adequacy Measure compares reserve holdings and alternative metrics of reserve adequacy. It also permits such comparison for multiple countries.

To create a cross country comparision chart:

As a rule of thumb, reserves within 100-150 percent of the new ARA metric are considered adequate (see Assessing Reserve Adequacy and Assessing Reserve Adequacy - Further Considerations)

An additional reserve buffer is necessary for commodity intensive economies, consider this template as an illustrative example that calculates the buffer for a fuel importer and a fuel exporter.


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