Why are the G-20 Data Gaps Initiative and the SDDS Plus Relevant for Financial Stability Analysis?

33 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2013

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Robert Heath

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: January 2013


In the wake of the recent global crisis the international community is giving an increased focus on stability of the financial system, so-called financial stability analysis. With the increasing need for data sets to undertake this analysis, the question naturally arises as to what types of data are needed? While various data initiatives are underway, two initiatives at the forefront are: (1) the IMF/FSB G-20 Data Gaps Initiative (DGI) created by the international statistical community and endorsed by the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors as well as the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee, and (2) the new Special Data Dissemination Standard Plus (SDDS Plus), aimed particularly at economies with systemically important financial sectors. This paper explains the relevance of the DGI for financial stability analysis and the close link with the SDDS Plus. The importance of the SDDS Plus in promoting the dissemination to the public of a core set of data for financial stability analysis is emphasized.

Keywords: Financial stability, Financial statistics, Financial systems, Global crisis, Group of Twenty, Special Data Dissemination Standard, bank credit, bank governors, banking, banking activities, banking crises, banking crisis, banking sector, banking statistics, banking supervision, banking systems, banks ? balance sheets, bond, bond market, bonds, capital adequacy, cross-border linkages, data dissemination, derivative, derivatives market, derivatives markets, equity securities, financial contagion, financial corporations, financial inclusion, financial innovation, financial institutions, financial intermediation, financial market, financial markets, financial resources, financial risk, financial

JEL Classification: E44, F36, G15, G18, G20

Suggested Citation

Heath, Robert, Why are the G-20 Data Gaps Initiative and the SDDS Plus Relevant for Financial Stability Analysis? (January 2013). IMF Working Paper No. 13/6, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2226279

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