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Green Weekly Insight: S in the Spotlight

Using well-established metrics, we review a number of ESG rankings to encompass social factors—health, education etc.; Unsurprisingly, mature markets tend to score better on social performance. Emerging markets have scope to boost social performance, notably on issues related to gender equality.

IIF Responds to IAIS Stock-take Questionnaire on Infrastructure and Strategic Equity 

On September 7, the IAIS issued a stock-take questionnaire on infrastructure and strategic equity that is designed to elicit comment on whether there should be a differentiated capital treatment of certain eligible infrastructure and strategic equity investments within the Insurance Capital Standard (ICS). The IIF responded to the questionnaire on December 2, 2020 with the following key points.

Spotlight on Inclusion: CIB Egypt 

This spotlight series will highlight the positive innovations from IIF member firms to promote financial inclusion through digitalization, with this first report focusing on the Commercial International Bank (CIB) Egypt.

Global Macro Views: The 2021 US Data Tantrum

As vaccinations progress and the US economy reopens, ... economic data are starting to come in that look very strong. This is the flip-side of wea...

Macro Notes: South Africa - Moderate Pressure on Yields

Depreciation pressure on the Rand has been weaker and yields risen less than in 2013. However, South Africa’s fiscal position is much weaker than during the taper tantrum. Substantial financing needs leave the country vulnerable to shifts in market sentiment. Furthermore, structural issues will continue to constrain growth in the coming years. This will add to already-heightened foreign investor concerns over debt sustainability.

April U.S. Regulatory Update 

The April U.S. Regulatory Update covers Fed announcements on the leverage ratio and dividends, agencies’ actions on climate risk, confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill, and more. 

Economic Views: Brazil Now vs the Taper Tantrum

Brazil was highly vulnerable at the time of the 2013 taper tantrum. Now the current account deficit is a lot smaller and buffers stronger. However...

Capital Flows Tracker: Holding the Line (March 2021)

Portfolio flows to EM stood at $10.1 bn in March. Equity and debt inflows were $3.9 bn and $6.2 bn. China equity flows posted $3.8 bn in inflows. ...

Frontier Market Debt Monitor: Double-edged sword

Total debt in frontier markets (FM) reached a record high of nearly 110% of GDP in 2020, up from less than 100% in 2019. We have added 15 new countries to our FM debt database.

IIF joint response to BCBS CP on Minimum Haircut Floors for SFTs 

The IIF and ISDA submitted a joint response to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Consultation Paper on the topic of technical amendments on Minimum haircut floors for securities financing transactions on March 31. 

 

 

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