Cookie notice

This Cookie Notice applies to the website (the "website") which is operated by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to the browser directory of your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners/operators of the website.

Other tracking technologies, such as web beacons or tags, are used by some content providers in marketing or social media to track and monitor the access of provided content.

There are different types of cookies that can be classified according to their purpose. Also, cookies may be persistent, ie coded with a defined expiry date independent of the duration of the web session, or last only for the session.

Why do we use cookies?

The BIS as website operator is committed to continuously updating and enhancing this website. To this end, we use statistical cookies to collect user data in an anonymised and aggregated format to support the optimisation of the provided content and to improve the user experience.

Cookies help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and how visitors navigate around the site. We also use security cookies to support access to the restricted features of this website.

Technical cookies, often referred to as strictly necessary cookies, maybe be placed on a website to fulfil its purpose. By definition, without such essential technical functions, the website would not work, or be displayed in a wrong format. This website does not deploy technical processes which would require such strictly necessary technical cookies.

Marketing cookies or beacons, also often referred to as targeting cookies, are used to collect identifiable personal information about visitors of websites. Such cookies identify browsing behaviours, personal interest and product preferences, tracing individual users in support of advertising or marketing campaigns. The BIS as website operator does not use or analyse marketing cookies.

Which cookies do we use?

The use of cookies on this website is limited to the following types of cookies:

Statistics cookies, also referred to as webmetrics or performance cookies, collect data about how visitors use and navigate websites. These cookies count visits and identify web traffic sources by collecting user data in an anonymised and aggregated format.

On this website the following statistics cookies are used:

Name Purpose Expiry


Indicates if a visitor is a new visitor to the website. It is set if a visitor does not have a bisSession / bisUsrID cookie yet

Once bisSession / bisUsrID cookies are set or otherwise after a year


A visitor cookie that persists for one year in order to track recurring visitors

After a year


A session cookie that persists only until a visitor closes the browser in order to track a visitor session

When the session is closed

How do you manage cookies?

Most browsers allow you to manage if and/or how cookies are set and used, and to clear cookies and browser data. Your browser may have settings that let you manage cookies on a site-by-site basis. Please refer to your browser instructions to learn more about your options for managing cookies.