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China: Uneasy Way to the 'New Normal'

A rapidly slowing economy has prompted the government to reinforce policy easing using monetary, fiscal and administrative measures. Further broad-bas

Credit Guarantee Schemes for SMEs

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital to creating jobs and spurring economic growth, yet many lack access to finance. The IFC estimated

BCBS Guidelines: Guidance on Accounting for Expected Credit Losses

On April 30, the IIF Senior Accounting Group (SAG) submitted its response letter on the Guidance on Accounting for Expected Credit Losses ("ECL") (the

Emerging Markets Bank Lending Conditions Survey - 2015Q1

EM bank lending conditions tightened abruptly to their weakest level in three years in 2015Q1. The main driver was a plunge in loan demand, led by EM

Weekly Insight: Central Bank Rumba

Dollar weakens further as markets reassess positions Monetary policy-certainly not boring! IIF Emerging Market Bank Lending Survey Thailand: another s

Lebanon: Stabilization and Reforms Becoming More Urgent

Lebanon's economic performance has been lackluster, reflecting policy inaction amid a protracted political crisis as well as the impact of rising regi

Capital Markets Monitor: 'Goldilocks'-Overstaying Her Welcome?

 The interaction between economic activity, monetary accommodation and financial markets has provided an underpinning for the financial system ove

Nigeria: New Government Faces Enormous Challenges

Nigerians voted for change with the election of President Muhammadu Buhari, who campaigned on a platform to improve security and the economy. Although

What Drives Capital Flows to Emerging Markets?

This paper provides a concise summary of the vast literature on the drivers of capital flows to emerging markets. The importance of different drivers

April 2015 Forecast in Detail

Since the February GEM, we have lowered our global growth forecast for 2015 by 0.2pp, led by a downward revision to mature economy growth (-0.2pp, Cha



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