Balance of Payments Statistics
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The Balance of Payments provides a framework that is applicable for a range of economies, from the smallest and least developed economies to the more advanced and complex economies. As a result, it is recognized that some items may not be relevant in all cases.

The balance of payments is a statistical statement that summarizes transactions between residents and non-residents during a period. It consists of the goods and services account, the primary income account, the secondary income account, the capital account, and the financial account.

Under the double-entry accounting system that underlies the balance of payments, each transaction is recorded as consisting of two entries and the sum of the credit entries and the sum off the debit entries is the same.

The different accounts within the balance of payments are distinguished according to the nature of the economic resources provided and received.

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Bibliographic citation:
International Monetary Fund: Balance of Payments Statistics (October 2021 Edition). UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/imf/bops/2021-10

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25th November 2021

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Annual: 1948 to 2020
Quarterly: 1948Q1 to 2021Q2

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Balance of Payments StatisticsAbstract

The Balance of Payments provides a framework that is applicable for a range of economies, from the smallest and least developed economies to the more advanced and complex economies. As a result, it is recognized that some items may not be relevant in all cases.

The balance of payments is a statistical statement that summarizes transactions between residents and non-residents during a period. It consists of the goods and services account, the primary income account, the secondary income account, the capital account, and the financial account.

Under the double-entry accounting system that underlies the balance of payments, each transaction is recorded as consisting of two entries and the sum of the credit entries and the sum off the debit entries is the same.

The different accounts within the balance of payments are distinguished according to the nature of the economic resources provided and received.

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Bibliographic citation:
International Monetary Fund: Balance of Payments Statistics (October 2021 Edition). UK Data Service. https://doi.org/10.5257/imf/bops/2021-10

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BOPS Introductory notes/metadata/IMF/BOPS/BOPS_Introductory_notes_11_2021.pdfBOPS World and Regional Aggregates/metadata/IMF/BOPS/World_and_Regional_Aggregates_2020.pdfAdditional documentationhttp://data.imf.org/?sk=7A51304B-6426-40C0-83DD-CA473CA1FD52&sId=1542634751698Reference period

Annual: 1948 to 2020
Quarterly: 1948Q1 to 2021Q2

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25th November 2021

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