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FRT Episode 106: Big Techs, Finance & Regulation - with Deloitte’s Michael Tang & David Strachan

This episode dives into the landscape of bigtech platforms, their market advantages in a data driven economy, and the regulatory response in China, UK, EU and the US with new privacy, data regulation and competition moves.  


Economic Views: Brazil’s 2022 Budget

Brazil’s fiscal rule requires spending cuts on an election year, … but political pressure to increase social spending is intense. Sma...

IIF Summer 2021 Insurance Update 

The Summer 2021 edition of the Insurance Update provides targeted updates on IIF insurance activities and events.

IIF Response to IAIS Draft Revised Application Paper on Combatting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing

After holding joint sessions with the Insurance Working Group (IWG) and the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Finance (AML-ATF) Working Group, the IIF responded to the Draft Revised Application Paper.

Weekly Insight: A Closer Look at Public Sector Debt Transparency Initiatives

Efforts to improve debt transparency are underway in both the private and public sectors; the IMF and World Bank, for example, provide technical assis...

CEEMEA Views: Upside Inflation Surprises Persist in CEE-4

Upside inflation surprises prompted rate hikes in the Czech Republic and Hungary. If sustained, stable energy prices should help headline inflation to ease into 2022. FX stability should also limit imported inflation and pressure on consumer prices. However, tighter global liquidity conditions will likely prompt rate hikes in the CEE-4. We expect earlier action by the CNB and MNB, with the NBP and BNR waiting longer. Our forecast sees smaller and more gradual hikes than implied by market pricing.

IIF Comments on FATF Beneficial Ownership Consultation

The IIF has submitted comments to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on their consultation on Beneficial Ownership Transparency and Reporting through updates to FATF Recommendation 24.

Global Macro Views: Global Demand for 2020 Debt Issuance

The COVID-19 pandemic is in many respects a huge fiscal shock, … depressing tax revenues and raising spending to support households. As a r...

CEEMEA Views: Zambia - Less Pressure on the Kwacha

The Zambian Kwacha appreciated sharply in July-August, by ~25%. High copper prices and larger non-resident flows are likely responsible. The IMF’s SDR allocation will provide substantial relief to FX reserves. While external pressure is lower, high inflation will weigh on the ZMW. If transitory factors do not dissipate, interest rate hikes may be needed. Our outlook turns more constructive as an IMF program appears likely.

Economic Views: The IMF SDR Allocation

The IMF just created and distributed to its members $650bn in SDRs. For EMs and FMs, SDRs are fresh reserves that cost almost nothing. The amounts...



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