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Financial Sector Surveillance (FSS)

Target Audience

Junior to mid-level government officials tasked with surveillance of the financial sector, especially staff of the central bank, financial regulators, and other agencies that engage in macroprudential oversight.


Participants should have a degree in economics or finance, preferably at the master’s level, or equivalent work experience; good quantitative skills; and proficiency in the use of computers to analyze data. It is highly recommended that applicants complete the online Financial Market Analysis (FMAx) course before enrolling in this course. Because many of the workshops use Excel worksheets, familiarity with the basics of Excel is important.

Course Description

This course, presented by the IMF Institute for Capacity Development, introduces participants to key concepts and tools used to analyze and mitigate financial sector vulnerabilities in order to lay a foundation on which to build surveillance systems. A priority is assessment of the main risks facing both bank and nonbank financial institutions and their macroeconomic implications. The course explains how to detect a build-up of vulnerabilities that may threaten financial stability and contaminate other sectors of the economy. A combination of lectures and hands-on workshops allows participants to apply use the latest risk assessment techniques.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Measure the main bank risks (e.g., credit, market, funding) and use bank balance sheet indicators of financial soundness (e.g., asset quality, liquidity), such as IMF Financial Soundness Indicators, in assessing banking system risks.
  • Design and perform basic stress tests of solvency and liquidity and interpret the results.
  • Recognize the importance of nonbank financial intermediaries and their links to banks.
  • Assess macrofinancial linkages (e.g., the impact of business cycles on bank soundness), including the links between the financial sector, the government, and the real economy.
  • Track the buildup of systemic risk and vulnerabilities associated with credit, real estate prices, leverage, balance sheet mismatches, and interconnectedness.
  • Assess how shocks can amplify throughout the financial system, e.g., through adverse liquidity spirals–a new approach to financial regulation since the global financial crisis.
Language: English
Application process: Please apply online


Jun 10, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
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Application Deadline

Jan 28, 2019