Review of the Adequacy of the Fund’s Precautionary Balances

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund. Finance Dept.

Publication Date:

February 18, 2021

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

On October 30, 2020, the IMF’s Executive Board reviewed the adequacy of the Fund’s precautionary balances. Precautionary balances, comprising the Fund’s general and special reserves and the Special Contingent Account (SCA-1), are one element of the IMF’s multi-layered framework for managing financial risks. These balances provide a buffer to protect the Fund against potential losses, resulting from credit, income, and other financial risks. This review of the adequacy of the Fund’s precautionary balances took place on the standard two-year cycle, although it was delayed by a few months to allow for an assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Fund financial risks. In conducting the review, the Executive Board applied the rules-based framework agreed in 2010.

Series:

Policy Paper No. 2021/005

Frequency:

occasional

English

Publication Date:

February 18, 2021

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513569567/2663-3493

Stock No:

PPEA2021005

Format:

Paper

Pages:

43

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