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Weekly Insight: Update on G20 Debt Service Suspension

To date, over 40 countries have requested forbearance via the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI). The DSSI could freeze over $11.5 billion of debt payments due to official bilateral creditors between May and December 2020.

Frontier LatAm: Costa Rica’s External Financing Needs 

COVID-19 has exacerbated Costa Rica’s external and fiscal imbalances. We project a widening of the current account deficit driven by the services sector. Further IMF funding would be needed to cover a potential external financing gap. External risk remains tied to substantial fiscal vulnerability. 

GMV: COVID-19 and the Missing Inflation Puzzle

The years leading up to COVID-19 saw persistently low inflation, ... something that came to be called by some the “missing inflation puzzle.&r...

Macro Notes: EM Asia - COVID-Induced External Adjustment

We analyze external adjustments in EM Asia following the COVID-19 shock. Cross-border flows are shifting considerably in many countries in the region. The global recession weighs on exports and weak domestic demand on imports. Other sources of FX inflows have come under significant pressure as well in H1. This includes both international tourism revenues and workers’ remittances.

ESG Webinar Series: Climate Change and Sovereign Risk

The Climate Change and Sovereign Risk webinar was part of the IIF ESG Webinar Series, which was designed to promote understanding of the rapidly evolving landscape for ESG disclosure and to align efforts to measure and track climate finance.

Economic Views: South Africa’s External Vulnerability

South Africa faces a combination of fiscal and external risk. Large current account deficits will not re-emerge soon, … but nonresident hol...

China Spotlight: Growing Economic Ties With ASEAN

The ASEAN region is now China’s largest trading partner, top tourism destination, and a key investment partner. However, the depth of these relationships vary among the individual ASEAN member states. We expect economic integration to continue in the region.

FRT Episode 73: The Open Digital Trust Initiative

With COVID-19 ushering the increased digitalization of the economy and placing an increased emphasis on Digital Identity, Rod Boothby (Global Head of Identity at Santander) and Don Thibeau (Executive Director of the OpenID Foundation) visit FRT to discuss an important initiative for enabling online trust.

Green Weekly Insight: Voluntary Carbon Offsets—A Primer

Voluntary carbon markets have picked up in recent years, with offset issuances reaching record highs in 2019; Sharp rise in “offset retirement” volumes since 2016 highlights increased demand for voluntary carbon offset markets; India, China, Indonesia, Peru and Brazil are the largest suppliers of voluntary carbon offsets; Verified Carbon Standard is the largest voluntary carbon offset registry with a market share of some 75% among the four major registries

GMV: Ecuador and Ukraine Exchange Rate Valuation

Our exchange rate fair value model rarely sends big overvaluation signals. It flagged Turkey and Argentina in early 2018 and South Africa in late 20...



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