International Financial Statistics

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The IMF International Financial Statistics (IFS) is a compilation of financial data collected from various sources, covering over 200 countries worldwide, which is published monthly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Methodology and scope[edit]

The IFS is the IMF’s principal statistical publication, covering numerous topics of international and domestic finance. It includes, for most countries, data on exchange rates, balance of payments, international liquidity, money and banking, interest rates, prices, etc.[1] Most annual data begins in 1948, quarterly and monthly data dates back to 1957, and most balance of payments data begins in 1970.[2]

The IMF compiles the data from various sources including government departments, national accounts, central banks, the United Nations (UN), Eurostat, the International Labour Organization (ILO), and private financial institutions.[3]

Accessing the data[edit]

The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) International provides the macro-economic datasets free of charge for members of UK higher and further education institutions. In order to access the data, users have to be registered, which can be done here. Alternatively, the data is available to explore and download free of charge on the IMF data portal. In addition, the IMF offers an API based on the SDMX standard for automated downloads.


  1. ^ ESDS International, dataset guide Archived 2009-10-01 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved September 15, 2009
  2. ^ ESDS International, dataset description, retrieved September 15, 2009
  3. ^ ESDS International, dataset guide

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