The World Gold Council is launching the Central Bank Dashboard, an innovative web-based tool that allows the comparison of central bank gold reserve holdings across regions, income levels, foreign exchange arrangement and other qualitative and quantitative indicators.
The Central Bank Dashboard provides users with the flexibility to visualise trends in gold and foreign exchange reserve holdings across a multitude of vantage points. Supported by an intuitive filtering system, the Dashboard allows users to quickly retrieve and compare gold reserve data between central banks peers that share one or more characteristics. It provides users with the option to:
- Select between quarterly and annual time periods to visualise trends in central bank gold and foreign exchange reserves
- Choose to show data either at a fixed point in time (snapshot), across a time period (date range), or at two different points in time (compare dates)
- Compare gold reserve holdings between different groups of central banks, selected by user-defined parameters
- Add or remove countries from the comparison through the use of a dynamic chart legend.
At its core, the primary function of the Central Bank Dashboard is to provide users with an easy way to retrieve gold reserve information about a selected group of central banks peers. The user can curate their selection through the use of the AND/OR logical operators. The AND operator returns the list of central banks that fulfil the criteria of two or more queries. For instance, the application of the AND operator to countries that have the characteristic of high income, as defined by the World Bank, and are situated in the Middle East and North Africa would return the central banks of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE and others. In contrast, the OR operator can be used where the user wants a combined list of central banks that share characteristics – for example, within two regions. In the example below, using the OR operator, East Asia and South East Asia would return data from banks situated in both of those regions: China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.
AND OR examples: