Frequently Asked Questions

General questions about the BIS

What is the BIS?

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) is an international organisation which fosters international monetary and financial cooperation and serves as a bank for central banks. About BIS gives you more detailed information.

Can I open an account at the BIS?

No. The BIS does not accept deposits from, or provide financial services or advice to, private individuals or corporate entities.

I suspect that I've received communication that is using the BIS's name fraudulently. How can I check?

Read our notice advising caution against fraudulent schemes. If you are still unsure afterwards, contact the BIS's press office who will be able to advise you.

How can I contact your Hong Kong or Mexico office?

The details for the BIS representative offices in Hong Kong and Mexico are listed on the contact page.

What is the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision?

The Basel Committee provides a forum for regular cooperation on banking supervisory matters. Over recent years, it has developed increasingly into a standard-setting body on all aspects of banking supervision, including the Basel regulatory framework. The Basel Committee pages give you more detailed information.


Using the BIS website

How do I search the website?

There is a search box at the top right of every page. Just type in your search term and hit 'Go'. This searches the whole of the website. Advanced search lets you limit your search to particular areas of the website, filter by publication date, search for phrases in the title or within documents, customise how many results appear per page, and sort results by date or relevance.

Can I be notified about new information appearing on the BIS website?

Yes, via the BIS e-mail alert. Click on 'register' and you will be able to configure your own profile according to your preferences. You can edit your profile at any time by logging into your account using your e-mail address and password. This is a free service. Alternatively, you can use RSS feeds to subscribe to updates to the site.

I am having problems downloading PDF documents. What can I do?

You need to have Acrobat Reader, available free from www.adobe.com/acrobat, to read and print full versions of BIS documents on this website. Some documents are very large (file sizes are indicated) and can take time to open up. If, however, you have been waiting a long time for the document to download, the browser screen is blank and the eggtimer symbol has disappeared, click on 'Refresh'. This usually works.

How can I use the statistical data available in CSV files?

CSV (Comma-Separated Values) format files can be read into most spreadsheet packages and word processors. In order to maximise portability, CSV files contain only the values (numeric or text) of the table cells, no formatting such as information about column widths, cell merging, fonts or line breaks. Most web browsers can be configured to view CSV files with a spreadsheet application of your choice.


BIS publications

Where can I get French, German, Italian and Spanish copies of BIS publications?

Send your e-mail request to publications@bis.org and the publications you request will be sent to you free of charge, so long as translations exist for that publication.

I would like to reproduce material from a BIS publication. Is this possible?

Yes. Read copyright and permissions for details.