Securities Statistics (SS)

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Course No.: HQ 19.06
Location: Washington, D.C., United States
Date: May 6, 2019-May 10, 2019 (1 Week)
Language: English

Target Audience:

Officials in central banks and other agencies charged with collecting and compiling securities statistics.


Participants should have a degree in economics and statistics or equivalent experience. Knowledge of basic financial mathematics is advantageous.

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF Statistics Department, familiarizes participants with the methodology recommended by the Handbook on Securities Statistics, a joint undertaking of the IMF, the Bank for International Settlements, and the European Central Bank, published in May 2015. The course covers definition and features of securities, securitization, and related operation; valuation and recording of securities; classification schemes and presentation tables for securities; and security-by-security databases. A practical exercise on valuation and recording of different types of debt securities complements the lectures.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the concepts underlying securities statistics in terms of sectorization, valuation, and accounting rules.
  • Describe the framework and technical challenges involved in constructing security-by-security databases.
  • Calculate nominal and market values for different types of debt securities based on their characteristics and market fluctuations.
  • Interpret the presentation tables for securities statistics recommended by the G-20 Data Gaps Initiative.

Important Note for Online Courses:

For Online Learning (OL) courses, which are delivered through the edX platform, you will need an additional piece of information to register: you will be prompted for your edX.org username. If you do not already have a username, please go to https://courses.edx.org/register and sign up for a free account. Once you have created an account, you may complete the IMF Institute application. If you already have an edX account, your username can be found on the top right of the screen after logging in.

Important Note for Internal Economics Training Courses:

Internal Economics Training (IT) courses are self-financed. The IMF will not charge officials for attending courses. However, all travel, insurance, hotel, and living costs will need to be covered by the agency sponsoring the participants.