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Global Debt Monitor: COVID Drives Debt Surge - Stabilization Ahead?

Pandemic response helped add $24 trillion to the global debt mountain in 2020, bringing it to a new high of $281 trillion.

Macro Notes: Africa and the Eurobond Market in 2021

Improved market sentiment will allow African sovereigns to return to the market in ‘21. We expect Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa, among others, to issue Eurobonds. However, debt sustainability and liquidity concerns are rising in the context of COVID-19. African countries face Eurobond repayments of close to $100 bn in the coming years. An end to the current low-interest rate environment could make rolling over of debt costly.

IIF Sustainable Finance Monitor - February 2021

The IIF Sustainable Finance Monitor covers key developments in the global sustainable finance agenda. In the February 2021 issue, we discuss how climate policy is taking DC by storm, updates on policy and regulatory developments, and the latest news on market initiatives, frameworks, tools, and research insights. Our Market Snapshot this issue focuses on impact measurement and ESG performance, and we conclude with a summary of key SFWG activities and events.

Economic Views: Low Rates and Deficit Sustainability

  An emerging consensus says low rates make wide fiscal deficits safe. We examine the argument carefully and show it has some limits. L...

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. 
 

 

 

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