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ESG Webinar Series: Banking the Future of Sustainable Finance

The Banking the Future of Sustainable Finance 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.

China Spotlight: PBoC Halts Pandemic Stimulus

Concerned with the economy's already-high debt levels and RMB stability, the PBoC was the least dovish major central bank this year. The PBoC has begun to suspend even this moderate pandemic emergency stimulus as China’s economy recovers and as concerns about financial froth increase.

Macro Notes: EM Core Inflation Subdued During COVID-19

We update our analysis of EM inflation dynamics in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Core inflation is a better gauge of domestic balances than the headline number. In many emerging markets, core inflation slowed in Q2 compared to early-2020. This, together with higher credibility, allowed many central banks to ease policy. While inflation risks appear moderate, fiscal dominance could change the picture.

Economic Views: EM External Vulnerability under COVID-19

Recession will shrink current account deficits drastically, … reducing EM external financing needs and vulnerability.   However, exter...

IIF Response to FSB Cyber Incident Response and Recovery Toolkit

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) today responded to the Financial Stability Board (FSB) Consultative Document “Effective Practices for Cyber Incident Response and Recovery”.

Global Debt Monitor: Sharp Spike In Global Debt Ratios

Pandemic-driven recessionary conditions pushed global debt-to-GDP to a new record of 331% of GDP ($258T) in Q1, up from 320% in Q4 2019. Debt in mature markets reached 392% of GDP (vs 380% in 2019). Canada, France and Norway saw the largest increases. EM debt surged to over 230% of GDP in Q1 2020 (vs 220% in 2019), largely driven by non-financial corporates in China.

IIF Response to EC Consultation on a Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy

On July 15, the IIF submitted a high-level response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the development of a Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy (RSFS). Drawing on engagements with the IIF Sustainable Finance Working Group, this response is focused on topics of international relevance.

GMV: Brazil vs Turkey in the COVID-19 Shock

Brazil has been hit harder than Turkey in the COVID-19 shock, ... with the Real down 25 percent in 2020 versus 13 percent for the Lira. That pictu...

ESG Webinar: Socio-Economic Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Africa’s Response

This week's ESG Webinar provided insight into the social and economic development implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for Africa and presented a detailed review of how the continent has responded thus far. We also covered some of the specific challenges facing the continent at this time and highlighted some innovative aspects of Africa’s response.

Comment Letter: FSB Global Stablecoins Consultative Document 

The IIF has provided comment on the FSB consultative document Addressing the regulatory, supervisory and oversight challenges raised by “global stablecoin” arrangements, published on April 14, 2020.

 

 

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