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Frontier Market Debt Monitor: Rising Debt And Climate Risk

Driven mainly by government borrowing, the debt to GDP ratio in frontier markets hit a fresh all-time high of 114% in Q3 2019, with total debt nearing $3.2 trillion, up by nearly $75 billion in the first three quarters of 2019. 

IIF White Paper - Market Interventions: U.S. Sanctions on Russia

Economic sanctions are a form of government market intervention and can have significant unintended and uncertain consequences—particularly if they are placed on an economy highly integrated into the global economy and the international financial system. In this respect, the measures taken by the United States and its allies against Russia beginning in 2014 represented a paradigm shift.

Economic Views: India’s Challenging Fiscal Outlook

We assess the medium-term implications of India’s budget, … in the context of high public debt and gross financing needs. Planned fis...

Sustainable Finance In Focus: Back to Basics - The Pyramid

As part of our new line of sustainability-themed research, we are launching a series of short "back-to-basics" notes, aiming to bring some clarity to the complex ecosystem of climate data, risk assessment methodologies, taxonomy and reporting. Our Sustainable Finance Pyramid sets out a framework of "building blocks" for the assessment of climate-related risks—and opportunities.  This toolkit supports effective disclosure—vital for regulators, policymakers and investors. 

IIF Responds to Basel Voluntary Sovereign Exposures Disclosure Consultation 

The Institute of International Finance on February 14th submitted a response to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Consultative Document on Voluntary Disclosure of Sovereign Exposures. 

Green Weekly Insight: Mind the climate finance gap!

Daunting sums: $3.5 trillion of investments in climate finance needed annually until 2050 to limit warming to 1.5C; Climate finance flows on the rise: global annual investment in clean energy hits $360bn in 2019; IIF Sustainable Finance Pyramid Framework — how data, methodologies, taxonomy, and disclosure fit together; Sharp increase in green bond issuance in 2019 to $255bn; emerging market green bond issuance hits a new high; The corporate sector has been the main driver of green bond volumes, as sovereign issuance remains lackluster

GMV: The Crisis in Prime-Age Male Employment

Labor markets have registered substantial recoveries in recent years, ... but the headline numbers are flattered by rising female participation rate...

Macro Notes: Russia - Unintended Consequences of Sanctions

Sanctions on a highly-integrated economy such as Russia are still unprecedented. Unforeseen and unintended consequences could significantly shake up markets. The impact is likely most significant for asset managers and banking institutions. But further consequences for the underlying market infrastructure are possible.

IIF Letter on BCBS AML/CFT and Prudential Supervision Consultation

The IIF has commented on a Basel Committee Consultation on draft guidance for cooperation between AML/CFT and prudential supervisory authorities.

Frontier LatAm - Costa Rica’s Fiscal Outlook 

Despite some fiscal consolidation, public finances are fragile. If fully implemented, the fiscal rule would imply a sizable adjustment. Nonetheless, gross public financing needs will likely remain high this year and next. 




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