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Economic Views: EM Public Financing Needs

EM fiscal deficits were extraordinarily large last year, … and will take time to narrow despite economic recovery. We set up a framework to...

FRT Episode 85: FinTech & Payments with Visa’s Terry Angelos

We discuss new initiatives to provide cross-border connectivity for domestic payments innovations, and ways to improve how financial institutions onboard their FinTech partners, with Terry Angelos, Global Head of FinTech at Visa.

China Spotlight: The Significance of Export Amid a Pandemic 

China’s exports were remarkably resilient in 2020, thanks to strong demand for PPE and WFH products. Export’s contribution to China’s economic growth in 2020 was greater than the headline number indicated. China’s exports are likely to be more balanced in 2021 as vaccination reopens global economy. 

Green Weekly Insight: ESG Disclosure — From Chaos, Order?

Lack of alignment among ESG disclosure frameworks poses challenges for financial firms on what information to report; Signs of progress: ESG disclosure initiatives propose a common approach to rationalizing differing materiality concepts; Emissions disclosures on the rise; an impact accounting database of 1800+ firms highlights intensity of environmental losses

Priorities for Strengthening Global Operational Resilience Maturity in Financial Services

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) and the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) have published a joint paper – “2021 Priorities for Strengthening Global Operational Resilience Maturity in Financial Services” – that sets out how to continuously improve and strengthen the level of operational resilience in the financial system.

Global Macro Views: Inflation-Consistent Output Gaps

There’s plenty of evidence that output gaps are difficult to estimate, … especially in real time when they matter most for fiscal and m...

IIF January 2021 Insurance Update 

The January 2021 edition of the Insurance Update provides targeted updates on IIF insurance activities and events. 

Macro Notes: CEEMEA Avoids Worst Case COVID-19 Scenario

CEEMEA countries recovered faster from the initial COVID-19 shock than expected. This is mainly due to virus containment allowing for a faster reopening of businesses. As a result, we are revising our estimate of the contraction in 2020 from 5.2% to 3.2%. However, a second wave of infections weighed on economic activity in recent months. We expect modest growth of 3.8% in 2021, but much depends on vaccinations efforts.

Frontier LatAm: Ecuador’s Fiscal Adjustment Prospects 

Ecuador’s IMF program entails steady fiscal adjustment. The government has kept austerity, redirecting spending to cope with COVID-19. However, implementation risk is on the rise ahead of the 2021 presidential election. Policy slippage could result in a challenging funding situation.

Economic Views: Can EMs Create Enough Jobs?

COVID-19 derailed global growth and EMs are still recovering. Beyond cyclical fluctuations, EM growth is on a secular decline, … possibly m...



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