Getting Started with International Financial Statistics

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Welcome to this tutorial on International Financial Statistics! 

This tutorial will show you:

  • How to access International Financial Statistics 
  • What kind of information is available
  • How to build a data query

To get started, from the Parrish Library homepage, select the List of Business Databases on the left side of the page. 

Then select International Financial Statistics.

What kind of information is available?

International Financial Statistics provides data gathered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on exchange rates, money and banking, interest rates, prices, production, international transactions, government finance, and national accounts for most counties.

Database Interface

From the homepage, you’ll be able to see what has been recently added under the “What’s New? section, find charts by country, and links to related databases.

You can also access data tables to find data by country or indicator, the query builder to build your own data query, and an archive of reports.

Building a Query

On this page, you’ll find options for columns and rows. You can click on the plus signs to move these data points around if needed.

To edit a data point, click on the pencil icon next to the item you wish to edit.

Building a Query (Time)

  • Click on the pencil icon next to “Time.”
  • Select “Timeline.”
  • Next to “Years”, enter “2010” and “2020.”
  • Uncheck the remaining options.
  • Click “Apply” and “Ok” to close the window.

Building a Query (Country)

  • Click on the pencil icon next to “Country.”
  • Select “Canada”, “Mexico”, and “United States.”
  • Click “Apply” and “Ok” to close the window.

Note: If you need to go back and see what selections you’ve made, click on the pencil icon, and then click on the list icon in the upper right corner.

Building a Query (Indicator)

  • Click on the pencil icon next to “Indicator.”
  • Type “consumer”, then select “Prices, Consumer Price Index, All Items, Index.”
  • Click “Apply” and “Ok.”
Results
 
Once you’ve made your selections, you should see a table displaying data based on the parameters you chose. Keep in mind that data may not be available for certain selections.
 
You can change how to view the data using the options located at the top of the table to change the style of graph, colors, title, and legend.
 
For export options, click on the Export button to select the type of file you would like to export. To print, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner.
What have you learned? 
 
Now you know how to access International Financial Statistics, what kind of information is available, and how to build a data query.
Thank you for using this tutorial! 
 
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact parrlib@purdue.edu.