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  Dataset contact e-mail Statistical Information Request form
  Dataset description The dataset contains the official reserve assets of the euro area, as well as individual EU country data. National reserve assets statistics are collected in the context of Guideline ECB/2011/23 of 9 December 2011 (as amended) and both, national data and euro area aggregates, follow the principles and classifications of the 6th edition of the IMF Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6).
  Documentation Detailed documentation on the international reserve assets of the Eurosystem can be found on the ECB website
  Periodicity Monthly
  Timeliness The data are published on the website on the last working day of each month with reference to the previous month (see the ECB publications calendar).
  Catalog Download the series catalogue (complete list of series) of the dataset RA6 (Public) (including the metadata): Excel 2013 or the earlier Excel versions.
  ECB dataset naming convention

The series keys related to the reserve assets items in the ECB database have 17 dimensions, each being separated by a dot:

Dimension Example

Key family

RA6 (Euro area and euro area countries)


M (Monthly)

Adjustment indicator

N (Neither seasonal nor working day adjusted)

Reference country or area

U2 (Euro area)

Counterpart country or area

W1 (Rest of the World)

Reference sector

S121 (Central Bank)

Counterpart sector

S1 (Total economy)

Flows and Stocks indicator

LE (Stocks)

Accounting entry

A (Assets)

International accounts item

FA (Financial Account)

Functional category

R (Reserve assets)

Instrument and assets classification

F (Total financial assets/liabilities)


T (All original maturities)

Unit of measure

EUR (Euro)

Currency of denomination

X1 (All currencies except national currency)


M (Market value)

Compilation methodology

N (Compilation methodology based on international standards)

Example: The series key of the total reserve assets for the euro area would be: RA6.M.N.U2.W1.S121.S1.LE.A.FA.R.F._Z.EUR.X1._X.N

Access by the public
  Dissemination Official reserve assets, other foreign currency assets and related short-term liabilities releases
  Revision policy Revision to national data and euro area aggregates follow a pre-defined practice. The data on monthly positions as reported in the international reserves template are kept consistent with the quarterly international investment position (i.i.p.) data.
  Means of informing the public Statistics Bulletin, ECB website
Quality references
  Title Annual Quality Report
  Electronic 2015 Quality Report (April 2016)
  Nature of the basic statistical data The International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity - Guidelines for a data template (IMF, 2013) gives a good overview of a tipical reserve assets data compilation system.
  Survey organization for gathering source National Central Banks
  Adjustments The Eurosystem monetary gold value is calculated adding up the Eurosystem monetary gold volumes multiplied by the latest available gold price of the reference period.
  Seasonal adjustment none

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