1.1 The Handbook on Securities Statistics (the Handbook) is the first publication of its kind to deal exclusively with the presentation of securities statistics. The objective of the Handbook is to improve information on securities markets. It develops a conceptual framework for presenting statistics on different types of securities. The methodology is based on the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA) and the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6).
2.1 Chapter 2 defines securities, debt securities, and equity securities; sets out the criteria for distinguishing securities from other types of financial instruments; and outlines the main features of debt and equity securities.
3.1 This chapter describes the different financial instruments that are classified as debt and equity securities, respectively. It also considers borderline cases and lists the financial instruments that are not classified as securities.
4.1 Chapter 4 outlines the concepts of institutional unit and residence, and explains the allocation of institutional units to sectors and subsectors. It expands on matters that are relevant for the presentation of securities statistics by sector and subsector and considers some borderline cases.
6.1 Chapter 6 deals with specific operations related to securities. The first part of this chapter focuses on debt securities issued under securitization schemes. It provides a general description of securitization, covering its principal features and the main institutional units that can be involved in securitization transactions, together with a streamlined classification for various financial instruments within the statistical framework for debt securities statistics. The remaining parts of the chapter deal with other specific operations related to securities holdings.