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International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
At the request of the Central Bank of Uruguay (BCU), and with the support of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Western Hemisphere Department (WHD), a monetary and financial statistics (MFS) technical assistance (TA) mission from the IMF’s Statistics Department (STA) visited Montevideo during February 3-14, 2020. The main objectives of the mission were to: (i) review available source data for other financial corporations (OFC); in particular, insurance corporations (IC), pension funds (PF), and credit administration companies (CAC); and (ii) compile standardized monetary statistics for OFC (report form SRF 4SR) in line with the 2016 Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual and Compilation Guide (MFSMCG). The officials met during the mission are listed in Appendix I.
International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) Statistics Department (STA) provided technical assistance (TA) on financial soundness indicators (FSI) to the Federated States of Micronesia Banking Board (FSMBB) during November 2-13, 2020. The TA mission took place in response to a request from the authorities, with the support of the IMF’s Asia & Pacific Department (APD). The mission was conducted remotely via video conferences due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions. The mission worked with the staff of the FSMBB on the development of FSIs that are in line with the IMF’s 2019 FSI Guide.1 The main objectives of the mission were to: (i) review the source data, institutional coverage and accounting and regulatory frameworks supporting the compilation of FSIs; (ii) provide guidance for mapping source data for the banking sector to the FSI reporting templates FS2 and FSD as well as areas for improvement in the metadata; (iii) agree with the FSMBB the timeline to begin regular reporting of the FSIs for deposit-takers to STA, conditional on the availability and completeness of the source data; and (iv) agree on the timeliness of data reporting.
International Monetary Fund. Monetary and Capital Markets Department
This technical note1 investigates the interconnectedness between the market-based finance (MBF) sector in Ireland and the rest of the financial system, with a view to assessing potential financial stability risks. The MBF sector, the largest component of the financial system, totals over 14 times GDP and is comprised of the funds sector—both money-market (170 percent of GDP) and investment funds (850 percent of GDP)— as well as other financial institutions (OFIs), which comprise of special purpose entities (SPEs, 240 percent of GDP) and a catch-all category entitled “OFI residual” (160 percent of GDP). Chapter I provides an overview of the potential financial stability risks associated with the MBF sector, with a focus on the funds sector, and places it in its domestic and global context. Chapter II maps out the interlinkages between the non-banks, banks, and the real sector using network analysis to assess the strength and direction of interconnectedness. Chapter III delves into the balance sheet exposures of major categories of Irish funds, the largest component of the MBF sector, to further assess channels of risk transmission. The analysis focuses on a network of complex inter-sectoral financial relationships, based on a range of lending and borrowing instruments, and several findings emerge.
International Monetary Fund

This Selected Issues paper examines the main causes for the surge in dollarization in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). It explores various strategies that may be adopted to maintain low inflation and thus, indirectly, encourage the use of the national currency. The paper highlights that foreign currencies now account for the largest component of the domestic money supply. This situation, although encouraging in a country with poorly developed financial institutions, poses several challenges for the authorities.

International Monetary Fund

This Selected Issues paper reviews the aggregate balance-sheet analysis that describes the improvement in Thailand's overall balance sheet since the crisis, and also highlights the potential vulnerabilities. It assesses the public debt and contingent liabilities, and developments in the banking sector. It discusses the operations of Specialized Financial Institutions and related regulatory issues, the financial and corporate sector restructuring, and also presents an overview of developments in nonperforming loans and assets. It reviews the growth without credit feature of Thailand, which explains how firms have financed their operations after the crisis.