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Green Weekly Insight: Mind the (gender pay) gap

With increasing focus on the “S” in ESG this year, we spotlight gender pay gaps, a key topic for investors and for ESG scoring; Countries with fewer women in labor markets often have smaller gaps, since many of those women tend to be high earners; Trifecta of small gaps, high female participation, and access to leadership – Sweden, Norway, and New Zealand stand out; Men mostly work in higher-paid sectors, partly explaining the gap; while in some countries women should outearn, but don’t   

Buoyant Non-Fuel Commodity Prices 

We expect Brent oil prices to average $47/b in 2021, but upside risks are significant. Low interest rates, a weaker US$, tighter supply, and strong demand from East Asia are boosting non-fuel commodity prices. 

IIF Shares Its Regulatory Priorities With New Commissioner McGuinness 

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) on December 1st conveyed its financial services regulatory priorities for engagement with the new European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness. 

Macro Notes: Taking Stock of the 2020 EM Policy Response

The EM policy response to the COVID-19 shock represents a break from past crises. EM central banks eased monetary policy providing support to the domestic economy. Higher liquidity allowed governments to issue more debt in domestic bond markets. Still, fiscal support has been smaller than in DM, with most EMs tightening in 2021.

LatAm Views: Promise and Risk in Peru’s Growth Outlook 

Activity has bounced back strongly following a sharp contraction in 2020Q2. The impact of political turmoil on the economy has been modest, and nonresident flows into government debt have remained stable. Uncertainty ahead of the April 2021 general election is the main risk to the growth outlook. 

Economic Views: Sri Lanka’s Funding Needs in 2021

A Eurobond matures in July and buffers are very limited. Current account deficits will also add to financing needs. Repaying the bond out of reser...

FRT Episode 82: The Platform Economy with KPMG’s Anton Ruddenklau

As the ‘Platformization’ of finance gathers pace, KPMG Global Co-Head of FinTech Anton Ruddenklau talks us through developments in partnerships, the necessary mindset shifts, cross-industry convergence, and the emerging FinTech trends to look for in 2021.

China Spotlight: The Digital RMB is Still a Form of Cash 

Currently, the digital RMB (DCEP) is designed to be strictly cash-like with no interest payment and distributed by commercial banks to minimize the risk of disintermediation. Its impacts on banks, monetary policy, and RMB globalization depend on how the design will evolve. 

Machine Learning Governance Summary Report 

The IIF’s Machine Learning Governance Detailed Survey Report details the results of our comprehensive survey on the end-to-end governance of the machine learning development and implementation process within the global financial services industry.

IIF Provides Two Additions to the Toolkit to Facilitate Voluntary Private Sector Participation in the G20/Paris Club DSSI

To support debtor countries requesting debt service suspension from their private creditors, we have published Summary Terms for a Voluntary Debt Serv...



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