Monthly balance sheet statistics (BISTA - "Bilanzstatistik")

The monthly balance sheet statistics list domestic banks (MFIs)' assets and liabilities based on the books at the end of the month. They thus represent the most comprehensive statistical survey of the banking industry in Germany and are at the core of the banking statistics reporting system.

The report consists of a balance sheet and additional annexes containing an analytically important breakdown of the balance sheet items by type, term and debtor and borrower sector. The survey forms also include a summary of the banks' liabilities which are subject to minimum reserve requirements as well as the reserve requirements calculated on this basis. The reports on the monthly balance sheet statistics pursuant to section 4 of the Finanzinformationenverordnung (FinaV) also serve as the prudential returns for the supervisory authorities. Micro data are available for research purposes from 1999 onwards.