Background

Special Drawing Rights

6 September 2005 | Glossary

The SDR is the IMF’s unit of account. IMF voting shares and loans are all denominated in SDRs. The SDR serves as the unit of account for a number of other international organizations, including the World Bank. The SDR is also used as an international reserve asset, to supplement members’ existing reserve assets (official holdings of gold, foreign exchange, and reserve positions in the IMF).