BPM6 historical data release

In response to strong user demands for longer time series of BPM6-basis estimates, starting with the September 2015 data release, IFS and BOP datasets include economies’ official pre-2005 BPM6-basis estimates and pre-2005 BPM6-basis estimates converted, in consultation with national compilers, by STA from a BPM5-basis. STA continues to update its databases with BPM6-based official country estimates as these become available.

The splice point between official BPM6-basis estimates and STA converted BPM6-basis estimates are flagged at the observation level and all products include a metadata table detailing the start date of economies’ official BPM6-basis estimates. (upper right of the BOP data portal)

Also, beginning with the July 2015 data release, The IMF Statistics Department (STA), in line with the BPM6 methodology, excludes migrants’ transfers from BPM6-basis estimates converted by STA from BPM5-basis data. These BPM5 transactions were imputed and remained in the converted BPM6 estimates for the transition period 2012 – 2015.  

Coinciding with the release of pre-2005 BPM6 estimates the historical BPM5 basis data series on the IFS and BOPS CD ROMs and in the IMF eLibrary Data have been removed.

The Balance of Payments Statistics dataset can be found here.

Data Availability

  1. Mobile Access to IMF Data
  2. What is the earliest period available for the Data Template on International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity (RT) database?
  3. What is the start date of FAS data?
  4. What is the earliest period available for the Government Finance Statistics (GFS) database?
  5. What is the earliest period available of the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS) database?
  6. What is the earliest period available of the Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS) database?
  7. In the International Financial Statistics (IFS) database, do you have seasonally adjusted gross domestic product (GDP)?
  8. What is the earliest period available for the Currency Composition of Official Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER) database?
  9. Do you have Currency Composition of Official Foreign Exchange Reserves (COFER) data for individual countries?
  10. Why are not all countries' data available in the Data Template on International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity (RT) database?
  11. Does the IMF carries bilateral trade data by commodity?
  12. Are Financial Access Survey (FAS) data available in monthly or quarterly frequency?
  13. Where can I find Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data?
  14. Do you have more detailed information that is not published in the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS)?
  15. Why are sectoral breakdowns not available for some reporting economies in the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS)?
  16. Are all economies participating in the Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey (CPIS)?
  17. Where do I find trade data for Taiwan, Province of China, in the Direction of Trade Statistics (DOTS) database?
  18. Are there higher frequency data available for government finance statistics?
  19. Where do I find data on private investment?
  20. Where do I find data on sovereign debt?
  21. BPM6 historical data release
  22. In IFS, where can I find exchange rates for countries that joined the Euro?

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