I just found a cool tool on the Bank of England site for anyone interested in financial / monetary stats. Basically the Interactive Stats Tool lets you search through a huge amount of statistical releases and then download them in either CSV, Excel, XML or HTML formats.
Here’s some examples of what you can get:
- Average 3-month Libor Rate by Month – Going back to 1978, this is the figure that is often quoted in the press as LIBOR.
- Average interest rate of base-rate tracker mortgages by UK Banks by Month. – Shows you the rate that Banks and Building societies are charging on their tracker mortgages.
- Official Bank Rate – The main central bank interest rate, by day, going back to 1975.
- Monthly Bank Rate – The main central bank interest rate at the end of each month, going back to 1975.
You can even merge multiple datasets together in the same results page:
- Office Bank Rate vs Monthly Interest Rate of Tracker Mortgages – Compare the Bank’s official base rate with the average tracker mortgage rate. Notice how the spread increases as the credit crunch bites.
- Bank of England’s Consolidated Balance Sheet: Assets – Short Term Open Market Operations, Longer Term Sterling Reverse Repo, Ways and Means advances to HM Government, Bonds and other securities acquired via market transactions, Other Assets
- Bank of England’s Consolidated Balance Sheet: Liabilities – Notes in circulation, Reserve Balances, Short Term Open Market Operations, Foreign Currency Public Securities Issued, Cash Ratio Deposits, Other Liabilities.
Here’s some figures on the Money Supply:
- Monthly M4 Money Supply – monetary financial institutions’ sterling M4 liabilities to private sector (notes, coins, reserve balances, plus all bank deposit balances).
- Notes and coins in circulation – All notes and coins in circulation outside of the Bank of England.
- Central Bank Sterling Reserve Balances – Monthly average amount outstanding of Central Bank sterling reserve balances for monetary policy.
If you find any more interesting ones, be sure to post them as a comment!