Balance of Payments and International Investment Position

Chapter 17. Balance of Payments and International Investment Position

As announced in the press release of 26 May,[1]Opens in new window the publication of 2016 Q1 data entailed the addition of new tables to Chapter 17 of the Statistical Bulletin and changes to some of the tables already existing in that chapter. As indicated in that press release, the purpose of these changes is to unify the access routes to balance of payments and international investment position statistics compiled by the Banco de España so as to make all data available in Chapter 17, including the material previously presented in the annual publication “Balanza de pagos y posición de inversion internacional”.

 The main changes are as follows:

  •  Changes to existing tables. Tables 17.5, 17.10, 17.11, 17.14, 17.15, 17.23, 17.24, 17.28 and 17.29 give an additional sectoral breakdown through the inclusion of data on non-monetary financial institutions (NMFIs). Also, the changes to Tables 17.10 and 17.14 meant that Tables 17.9 and 17.13 had to be restructured.
  •  New tables: Table 17.5a containing the breakdown of investment income by functional category; Table 17.6a showing payments of workers’ remittances for the main countries; Table 17.31 giving information on gross external debt by institutional sector and financial instrument; and Tables 17.40 and 17.41 including the breakdown by institutional sector of direct investment positions and transactions according to the directional principle, respectively. These new tables have been numbered so as not to alter the existing numbering and to affect users’ data compilation procedures as little as possible.

 Further, the additional annual information contained in the publication “Balanza de pagos y posición de inversión internacional”, consisting basically of geographical breakdowns, will be included in the Statistical Bulletin for the first time in October, as indicated in the aforementioned press release.


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