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European Central Bank
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  Source agency European Central Bank
  Data category MFI Balance Sheet Items Statistics (BSI Statistics)
  Short presentation of data items BSI statistics are based on either the aggregated or the consolidated balance sheet of the monetary financial institutions (MFI) sector (see for a precise definition of MFIs). The aggregated balance sheet is the sum of the balance sheets of all MFIs resident in the euro area. The consolidated balance sheet is obtained by netting the aggregated balance sheet positions between MFIs in the euro area. The consolidated balance sheet provides the basis for the regular analysis of euro area monetary aggregates and counterparts.
  Types of data source All MFIs in the euro area are legally obliged to report data from their business and accounting systems to the national central banks of the Member States where they reside. These in turn report national aggregates to the ECB. The census of MFIs in the euro area (list of MFIs) is published by the ECB (see
  Seasonal adjustment The main items of the MFI consolidated balance sheet are available both in seasonally adjusted and non-seasonally adjusted form. This includes the main breakdowns of euro area monetary aggregates and counterparts. More details can be found in the background section: .
  Periodicity Monthly, except for certain detailed breakdowns which are collected only quarterly.
  Timeliness Publication on the 19th working day after the end of the reference month for the euro area and corresponding countries, and on the 23rd working day for EU countries outside the euro area.
  Catalog Download the series catalogue (complete list of series) of the dataset BSI (Public) (including the metadata): Excel 2013 or the earlier Excel versions.
Quality references
  Dissemination of reference documentation Quality is ensured by means of a comprehensive legal framework including a sanctions regime for infringements. The framework is laid out in Regulation ECB/2013/33 concerning the balance sheet of the monetary financial institutions sector and in Guideline ECB/2014/15 on monetary and financial statistics (recast); available at http://www.ecb.europa/ecb/legal/1005/1021/html/index.en.html .

In addition, the Manual on MFI balance sheet statistics provides a comprehensive overview of the conceptual and methodological framework for data collection.
  Concepts and Definitions The framework for the collection of BSI statistics is laid down in Regulation ECB/2013/33. This Regulation is complemented by Guideline ECB/2014/15, which sets out the procedures to be followed by national central banks when reporting money and banking statistics information to the ECB. See
  Scope / Coverage of the data Balance sheet items of euro area MFIs. Some monetary assets/liabilities of central government (post office, treasury) are also included in this dataset.
  Geographic coverage Euro area, although a more limited dataset is available for non-euro area Member States.
  Sector coverage Counterparty sectorisation is available for many of the MFIs' balance sheet positions, and follows ESA 2010 sectorisation rules.
  Transactions coverage Whole financial balance sheet, comprising end of period stocks and transactions during the period.
  Basis for recording of transactions The transactions for the current period are calculated by deducting the effect of factors that do not relate to transactions from the difference in stocks over the period, namely reclassifications and other adjustments, and revaluation adjustments. For further details on methodology and compilation methods for the derivation of transactions, see the Manual on MFI balance sheet statistics.
  Nature of the basic statistical data The primary data collected from reporting agents are stock data from their business and accounting systems. Stock data refer to the last day of the period (month or quarter), either the last working day or the last calendar day, depending on national practice. Reporting agents and/or national central banks also provide the necessary data to compute the adjustments to the stock data that are needed for the derivation of transactions.
  Adjustments See "Basis for recording of transactions"
  Aggregation Data are aggregated across individual MFIs in each Member State by national central banks to derive national contributions to the euro area aggregated balance sheet of the MFI sector.
  Consolidation The ECB aggregates national contributions to obtain the aggregated balance sheet of the euro area MFI sector. The ECB then nets out the inter-MFI positions from the aggregated balance sheet to obtain the consolidated balance sheet of the euro area. Finally, the computation of monetary aggregates requires the further addition of certain monetary liabilities of the central government sector (post office, treasury).
  Estimation Estimated data:
Historical series for research purposes, starting in 1970. More information is available at:
Estimated MFI loans to non-financial corporations by economic activity (NACE classification). More information is available at:
  Index type All growth rate computations refer to an index of notional stocks, rather than to the stock data directly. This allows developments in the series to be presented without the effects that non-transactions would have on the growth rates of stocks (see also “Basis for recording of transactions”). The index of notional stocks is computed as a chain index I(t)=I(t-1)x[1+F(t)/S(t-1)], where F(t) are transactions during the period and S(t-1) are stocks at the end of the previous period. For more information see the Manual on MFI balance sheet statistics.
  Sampling Data collection is based on a census rather than a sample. Nonetheless, national central banks can, at their discretion, offer MFIs exemptions from full reporting on a national basis, provided that the MFIs supplying a full statistical return make up at least 95% of the total national MFI balance sheet (modified census).
  Validation Based on the verification of balance sheet constraints, plus checks on the plausibility of developments at various levels of aggregation based on time-series techniques and judgement.

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