About BIS statistics


Updated 13 September 2015

The statistics published by the BIS are a unique source of information about the structure of and activity in the global financial system. They are compiled in cooperation with central banks and other national authorities and are designed to inform analysis of financial stability, international monetary spillovers and global liquidity.

Statistical data

International banking and financial statistics

The BIS publishes two sets of statistics on the activity of internationally active banks:

  • Locational statistics: detail the currency and geographical composition of banks' balance sheets according to the location of banks' offices
  • Consolidated statistics: detail banks' country risk exposures according to the nationality of banking groups

The Guidelines for reporting the BIS international banking statistics are also available for data compilers in reporting countries.

Debt securities

The BIS publishes three sets of statistics on issuance in money and bond markets: international debt securities (IDS), domestic debt securities (DDS) and total debt securities (TDS). These statistics are harmonised with the Handbook on Securities Statistics, an internationally agreed framework for classifying debt securities issues.

Derivatives statistics

The BIS publishes three sets of derivatives statistics:

  • OTC derivatives - the semiannual survey provides information about the size and structure of the largest OTC derivatives markets, while the Triennial Central Bank Survey, a broader survey including data from more than 50 jurisdictions, captures turnover in OTC interest rates and foreign exchange derivatives markets.
  • Exchange-traded derivatives - provide information about the size and structure of organised futures and options markets.

Global liquidity and credit
Global liquidity indicators

The term global liquidity is used by the BIS to mean the ease of financing in global financial markets. Credit is among the key indicators of global liquidity and the focus of the global liquidity indicators estimated by the BIS.

Credit to the non-financial sector

This long series details credit to the private non-financial sector as well as credit to the general government sector. The series captures the outstanding amount of credit at the end of the referenced quarter.

Debt service ratios

The debt service ratios, an earlier warning indicator for systemic banking crises, are calculated by the BIS for the household, the non-financial coprorate and the total private non-financial sector.

External debt statistics

The joint BIS-IMF-OECD-World Bank external debt statistics provide tables comparing national data to market- and creditor-side estimates of external debt.

Property prices and exchange rates
Property prices
Detailed data set

This data set details nominal residential prices for 58 countries, with data differing significantly from country to country in terms of type of property, area covered, priced unit etc. The set also includes a selected nominal and real residential property price series at a quarterly interval.

Long series

This series provides information on nominal residential property prices for 23 advanced economies at a quarterly frequency.

Effective exchange rates

Monthly data cover 61 economies, including individual euro area countries and the euro area as an entity, and are available for narrow and broad currency baskets expressed in nominal or real indices.

Payment systems
Statistics on payment, clearing and settlement systems

Annual data on payment, clearing and settlement systems in countries represented in the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures.


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Internationally comparable statistics for the Group of 20 economies (G20) and economies with systemically important financial sectors can be found on Principal Global Indicators. This PGI website is hosted by the IMF and is a joint undertaking of the Inter-Agency Group of Economic and Financial Statistics (IAG), which comprises seven international organisations, including the BIS, to coordinate statistical issues and data gaps highlighted by the global crisis and strengthen data collection. IAG members are also the sponsors of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX) initiative, which aims to disseminate and efficiently share data and metadata.