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International Financial Statistics (IFS): How to Search It on the Web   Tags: business, international business. statistics  

This guide provides Stetson students with instructions for accessing and searching the International Monetary Fund's proprietary International Financial Statistics (IFS) database.
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About International Financial Statistics

Limted to 5 simultaneous users, International Financial Statistics (IFS) is the International Monetary Fund's proprietary database of financial data by country.

IFS is a standard source of international statistics on all aspects of international and domestic finance. It reports, for most countries of the world, current data needed in the analysis of problems of international payments and of inflation and deflation, i.e., data on exchange rates, international liquidity, international banking, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government accounts, and national accounts.

The IFS database contains time series data since 1948. The user can browse the database, select series of interest, display the selected series in charts and tables.

The IFS database contains approximately 32,000 time series covering more than 200 countries and areas and includes all series appearing on the IFS Country Pages; exchange rate series for all Fund member countries, plus Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles; major Fund accounts series; and most other world, area, and country series from the IFS World Tables.

The Country, World, and Commodity Prices Tables, as presented in the monthly printed copy of IFS, are available as selection options. The Economic Concept View provides a cross-country view of the concepts in the IFS by individual or groups of countries.

You can find the link to the IFS database under Business or select it from the alphabetical list of Databases by Title.

General Information about the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a specialized agency of the United Nations consisting of 188 member countries. Founded to restore the decline in international monetary cooperation and world trade caused by the Great Depression in the 1930's, the IMF's mission is to facilitate the exchange of goods and services worldwide.

The IMF tracks the economies of its member countries,  publishes a range of time series data on IMF lending, exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators.

In addition to the IMF, the World Bank and the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have Web sites containing financial, economic and country data.

Accessing International Financial Statistics on the Web

You must be connected to Stetson's Network in order to access the International Financial Statistics database or any of the Library's subscription databases. If you are not working from a campus-connected computer, please see Instructions for Library Access from Off Campus:


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