Selected Decisions and Selected Documents of the IMF, Thirty- Eighth Issue -- SDR Valuation Basket—Guidelines for the Calculation of Currency Amounts

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ARTICLE XV, SECTION 2
Valuation of the Special Drawing Right

SDR VALUATION BASKET—GUIDELINES FOR THE CALCULATION OF CURRENCY AMOUNTS

  • 1. Under all circumstances, the currency units will be determined in a manner which would ensure that the value of the SDR calculated on December 31 on the basis of the new basket will be the same as that actually prevailing on that day.

  • 2. The currency amounts calculated for the new basket will be expressed in two significant digits provided that the deviation of the percentage share of each currency in the value of the SDR, resulting from the application of the average exchange rates for October–­December, from the percentage weight as determined under paragraph 4(c) of Executive Board Decision No. 12281-(00/98), adopted October 11, 2000 is the minimum on average and will not exceed one half percentage point for any currency.

  • 3. If a solution cannot be obtained by the application of the principles set forth in (2) above, the calculation shall be made applying the same principles but expressing the amount of each currency in three significant digits, and if no solution is found with three significant digits then the calculation shall be made applying the same principles but expressing the amount of each currency in four significant digits.

  • 4. If more than one solution is found in the calculation at the level of two, three, or four significant digits, the solution that has the smallest average deviation will be employed.

Decision No. 8160-(85/186) G/S,

December 23, 1985,1

as amended by Decision No. 12283-(00/98)

October 11, 2000

1 Ed. Note: On October 1, 2016, this decision as amended will be superseded by Decision No. 15891-(15/109), November 30, 2015 (see p. 799 below).

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