SWIFT Index evolution indicates potential recovery in the OECD economies

Brussels - 22 March 2012

Global co-operative’s messaging traffic data provides a leading indicator of the short-term path of GDP

SWIFT, the financial messaging provider for more than 10,000 financial institutions and corporations in 210 countries, has released the latest SWIFT Index data. The Index, which was announced in Q3 2011, acts as a fact-based, leading indicator of the evolution of the aggregate Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of OECD countries.

Based on customer messaging data up to February 2012, and using its validated methodology, the SWIFT Index points to a recovery of the OECD economies:

  • 2% growth in Q1 2012 compared to Q1 2011 (a “nowcast”)
  • 2.3% growth for Q2 2012 compared to Q2 2011 (a “forecast”).

This would indicate that after the slowdown of Q4 2011, there is moderate expansion taking place in the OECD countries.

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