Recent Trends in Global Balance of Payments and IIP Data
- International Monetary Fund. Statistics Dept.
- Published Date:
- February 2017
4. A growing number of economies submit external sector statistics (ESS) to the IMF for re-dissemination. Annual balance of payments and IIP statistics for the period 2008–15 are published in the 2016 Balance of Payments Statistics Yearbook (BOPSY 2016). For the BOPSY 2016, 192 economies submitted balance of payments data and 152 also submitted IIP data (of which 106 reported quarterly IIP, compared to 103 in 2015). Also, 136 countries reported data for publication following the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6). Using standardized conversion formulas, the IMF Statistics Department (STA) converts, for the time being, data for countries that continue reporting data to the IMF on the basis of the previous version of the manual (i.e., the Balance of Payments Manual, fifth edition (BPM5)).
5. According to data published in BOPSY 2016, the global current account balance2 (reflecting the difference between current account receipts and payments) was consistently positive in 2009–15 (see
Figure 1.Global Balances on Current Account
6. The global financial account balance3 decreased by 32 percent in 2015 to a positive $303.1 billion balance, from a positive $446.6 billion balance in 2014 (see
Figure 2.Global Assets and Liabilities
7. World IIP assets decreased by 4.0 percent from $143.1 trillion at end–2014 to $137.4 trillion at end–2015, and IIP liabilities by 4.6 percent from $145.7 to $138.9 trillion respectively (see