About BIS statistics

Updated 11 March 2018

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.

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.

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 financial conditions

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.

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.

This time-series data capture the difference between the credit-to-GDP ratio and its long-run trend, which can serve as an early warning indicator of financial crises.

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

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

 This data set covers 38 central banks' monetary policy rates, at daily and monthly frequency.

Prices and exchange rates

The BIS's data set on consumer prices contains long monthly and annual time series for 60 countries. The series have been used in particular for the calculation of the real effective exchange rate and real residential property price series published by the BIS; they are also highly valuable to support economic research on macroeconomics and financial stability.

Detailed data set (residential; nominal)

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 (residential; nominal)

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

Commercial (nominal)

This data set contains nominal commercial property prices for 10 countries. The BIS aims to expand substantially the country coverage in the coming years.

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.

 This long series captures exchange rates against the US dollar for the currencies of 190 economies, at daily, monthly, quarterly and annual frequency.

Payment systems

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

Publication dates

View our release calendar for advance notice of publication dates.


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Internationally comparable statistics for the Group of 20 (G20) economies and economies with systemically important financial sectors can be found on IMF 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 efforts to resolve statistical issues and data gaps highlighted by the global crisis and to strengthen data collection. (The IAG members are also sponsors of the Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange initiative (SDMX), which aims to disseminate and efficiently share data and metadata. More on the BIS's role in this initiative can be found on BIS-SDMX.)