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Taking Stock: Aerial View of the Bank Prudential Regulatory Response to COVID-19 in 2020 

On February 16, the IIF published a visual summary and numerical stock-take of the banking sector prudential regulatory measures taken across the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020.

Green Weekly Insight: Carbon Efficiency 101

We rank the carbon efficiency of mature market economies to see whether significant climate policy changes may be in store; Northern Europe is most carbon-efficient: Denmark, Ireland, UK top the list, followed by Sweden, Norway, and Finland; Belgium, Italy, Portugal, the U.S., and Australia have relatively more work to do to improve carbon efficiency

IIF Board of Directors: 2021 Statement On Climate Finance

"As leaders of the international financial community, we know that climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing us all. We are determined to effectively manage the risks for our industry and recognize our key role in mobilizing capital for unprecedented opportunities—solutions to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, strengthen climate resilience, unlock innovation and create jobs."

Global Macro Views: Full Employment Output Gaps

The US is debating whether a $1.9 tn fiscal stimulus will lead to overheating, … a discussion that hinges critically on just how much slack t...

Egypt: Post-COVID Recovery Requires Deeper Reforms 

The Egyptian economy has weathered the COVID-19 pandemic relatively well. Monetary policy was appropriately eased and has some scope for additional support to underpin the recovery. Reining in fiscal deficits and debt will require a commitment to fiscal discipline once the COVID-19 crisis abates. 

The Future of the Chief Sustainability Officer: Sense-Maker In Chief

The IIF and Deloitte UK conducted a global survey of sustainability professionals and other senior executives about the role of Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs) in addressing the environmental, social and governance (ESG) imperative, and found that the CSO is emerging as a “sense-maker in chief,” and is responsible for understanding, and predicting, changes in the external sustainability environment, and re-positioning the business model of their respective firms to tackle this head on. 
 

Macro Notes: Frontier Asia Remains a Bright Spot

We expect Frontier Asia to remain broadly resilient to the COVID-19 shock. Loose monetary and fiscal policies will extend into ‘21 and support growth. However, tourism will continue to weigh on growth and current accounts. Trade tensions and growing debt are the key risks to their economic outlook.

Economic Views: India’s Budget and Fiscal Vulnerability

India did not spend much in response to COVID-19 last year, … but plans to boost spending in 21Q1, possibly helping growth. After that we s...

IIF & OpenID Foundation Submission for CPMI Payments Conference 

The IIF and OpenID Foundation have provided comments that focus on the Digital Identity aspects of the FSB-CPMI initiative on the G20 Roadmap for Enhancing Cross-border Payments, and the associated 19 building blocks.

Draft Principles for Digital Trust Networks 

The Policy development workstream of the Open Digital Trust Initiative has developed draft Principles for Digital Trust Networks, identifying the high level ‘rules of the road’ that digital trust networks should adopt.

 

 

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