Advanced Course on Monetary and Financial Statistics (MFS-A)

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Course No.: JV 19.07
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: March 18, 2019-March 29, 2019 (2 Weeks)
Language: English (Russian)

Target Audience:

Central bank officials responsible for compiling monetary statistics.


Participants should have a degree in economics or statistics or equivalent experience. Previous completion of the MFS-I course is recommended.

Course Description:

This course, presented by the IMF Statistics Department, introduces the fundamentals of compiling monetary statistics, with special attention to other financial corporations (OFCs). It also gives an overview of financial statistics and national accounts. The course material is based on the Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual and Compilation Guide (MFSMCG). Although the course summarizes the main principles underlying the compilation of monetary statistics, it assumes participants already understand these principles (e.g., having participated in the MFS-I course). The core of the course deals with characteristics of various OFCs (insurance corporations, pension funds, non-MMF investment funds, etc.), their typical balance sheet structure, and their role in the financial sector. The course also covers some aspects of financial statistics, dealing with financial flows and stocks of all sectors of the domestic economy and their interactions with the rest of the world; the balance sheet approach to vulnerability analysis; and the relationships between monetary, balance of payments, government finance, and national accounts statistics. The course consists of lectures and case studies to familiarize participants with practical aspects of compiling monetary statistics for OFCs and the basic principles underlying the compilation of national accounts. At the end of the course, participants are expected to make a short presentation on monetary statistics compilation issues in their own countries.

Course Objectives:

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

  • Distinguish between different types of OFCs and describe their role in the financial sector and the related implications of data collection for monetary statistics purposes.
  • Compile OFC monetary statistics according to the IMF standardized report form 4SR for OFCs.
  • Apply the main principles of financial statistics and national accounts.

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.