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April 2019 EM Growth Tracker

EM Growth Tracker at 3.6% 3m/3m sa ar in April. Hard data variables behind the improvement. EM Europe & Africa trackers with important gains.

FRT Episode 33: “Techlash” & Data Policy

Rob Atkinson, President of the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), joins FRT to discuss the emerging “Techlash” reaction against technological change, and the impacts for current debates on data privacy and protection policies.

Request For Feedback: Draft Voluntary Principles For Debt Transparency

We are pleased to invite comments and suggestions on the latest draft of the voluntary Principles for Debt Transparency.  Feedback is welcomed from all stakeholders, including private sector financial firms; official sector bodies including international organizations, finance ministries and debt management offices; and civil society.

IIF Paper on Bias and Ethical Implications in Machine Learning

The IIF is pleased to share our paper on "Bias and Ethical Implications in Machine Learning," the second paper on our three-part Thematic Series on issues related to Machine Learning (ML).

Weekly Insight: May flowers

Steady Fed gives sense of balanced risks: “healthy” U.S. economic trajectory, potential inflation rise towards 2%; Frontier market debt growing quickly — total outstanding $3.2 trillion — sovereign defaults low (for now); Green and sustainability-linked lending nearly doubles in 2018 – now almost $100 billion outstanding; LIBOR transition fraught with risks — linked to contract maturity profiles, spreads to new benchmarks

Global Macro Views: Nothing Idiosyncratic about the EM Malaise

Markets spent 2018 debating if Turkey and Argentina are idiosyncratic, and the same debate is playing out now given the recent market sell-off. Our daily tracking of real money flows highlights broad-based weakness, where we see the EM positioning overhang as one underlying theme.

IIF Capital Flows Tracker: Increasing Flows to EM

Portfolio inflows to Emerging Markets were $38 billion in April. Equity and debt inflows reached $14 billion and $24 billion, respectively. Net capital flows into EM rose to $27.7 billion in March.

Sustainable Finance in Focus: Green Loans—Kickoff Time!

The green loan market is still a niche but growing fast: gross issuance hit $60 billion in 2018—up by 30% from 2017    

Economic Views: What is Driving China’s Stabilization?

Our activity tracker slowed markedly in 2018, but has been broadly stable since September. Tariffs played a limited role in the slowdown, but are finally taking a toll on tradable sectors. Credit-intensive sectors are turning around, suggesting China’s policy stimulus still works.

FRT Episode 32: 3D Printing & Trade’s New Paradigm

Kati Suominen, Nextrade Group Founder and CEO, visits FRT to share her insights on the new paradigm for international trade. Kati describes how we may...
 

 

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