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BALANCE OF PAYMENTS, NET ERRORS AND OMISSIONS

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French Equivalent: Balance des paiements – erreurs et omissions nettes

Definition:
When all actual balance of payments entries are totalled, the resulting balance will almost inevitably show a net credit or a net debit. That balance is the result of errors and omissions in compilation of statements. Some of the errors and omissions may be related to recommendations for practical approximation to principles.

In balance of payments, the standard practice is to show separately an item for net errors and omissions. Labeled by some compilers as a balancing item or statistical discrepancy, that item is intended as an offset to the overstatement or understatement of the recorded components.

Source Publication:
BPM, paras. 146-147.

Cross References:
Balance of payments – Eurostat

Hyperlink:
http://www.imf.org/external/np/sta/bop/BOPman.pdf

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics - Balance of payments

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, March 26, 2013