The IMF publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates, and other economic and financial indicators. Further information on four of the IMF’s core databases is given below.
Subscribers may access the databases from the IMF Data homepage, elibrary-data.imf.org. For convenience, the IMF Data homepage may also be accessed from any page on the eLibrary site by clicking on the IMF DATA link in the top banner. The new statistical data interface allows users to search all subscribed databases from a single starting point, without having to know which database has a desired concept. Users will only see search options and sources allowed by their subscriptions. All results indicate the source database next to the time series. By selecting a source or report by source, users can still focus on specific databases if needed.
IMF eLibrary statistics includes PDF access to the print versions of statistical yearbooks and monthly and quarterly updates. You can access that material from the Collections page or from the following links:
- International Financial Statistics
- Balance of Payments Statistics
- Direction of Trade Statistics
- Government Finance Statistics
International Financial Statistics (IFS)
IFS, the world’s most comprehensive source of statistical data, is available online. IFS statistics include current data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international interest rates, prices, national accounts, and international transactions (including balance of payments and international investment positions). The online IFS database contains:
- approximately 32,000 time series covering over 200 countries and areas including all series appearing on the IFS Country Pages
- exchange rate series for all IMF member countries, plus selected other areas
- selected aggregates of key variables in IFS World Tables.
IFS is used throughout the world by governments, academics, and commercial and financial organizations. Online, the information is presented in a user-friendly, easily customized manner, using standard Microsoft Excel spreadsheet formats. Sample reports for International Financial Statistics
Balance of Payments Statistics (BOP)
Since one of the primary functions of the IMF is to prevent financial crises and assist countries in balance of payments difficulties, the collection of standardized, comparable balance of payments data is seen as a core task. Composed of international economic transactions data, BOP delivers vital statistical information that covers:
- total goods, services, factor income, and current transfers an economy receives from or provides to the rest of the world
- capital transfers and changes in each economy’s external financial claims and liabilities
- tables featuring area and world totals of balance of payments components and aggregates.
The IMF Balance of Payments Statistics contains over 100,000 quarterly and annual time series data. The data include aggregate as well as detailed information in the form of analytical and standard component presentations for countries. Additional documentation is included with descriptions of methodologies, compilation practices, and data sources used by individual member countries in compiling their balance of payments and international investment position statistics. In addition, the BOP online service contains data as reported by the balance of payments correspondents to the IMF Statistics Department. The IMF BOP is updated once a month. Sample reports for Balance of Payments Statistics
Direction of Trade Statistics (DOT)
Common wisdom holds that as countries become more integrated, they are increasingly influenced by each other’s economic development. Some economies are even considered engines of global or regional growth. DOT online service provides data on the value of merchandise exports and imports between each country and all its trading partners. The database includes:
- total bilateral and multilateral exports and imports aggregated at national or regional group level
- data for the most recent six quarters and the latest year for 169 countries, and ten quarters and five years for the world and area tables.
Government Finance Statistics (GFS)
The IMF Government Finance Statistics contains statistical data on government financial operations for 145 IMF member countries. Where reported, the database contains time series from 1990 onwards using the Government Finance Statistics Manual, 2001 (GFSM 2001) framework. The statistics, issued quarterly, are updated as new data are received and time series become available. These time series present combined statistics on revenue, expenses, transactions in nonfinancial assets and financial assets and liabilities as well as for stocks of assets and liabilities of general government and its subsectors. Sample reports for Government Finance Statistics