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Macro Notes: EM Challenges - Tourism Comes to a Halt

In the context of COVID-19, international tourism has come to a near halt. This will have a significant impact on activity in many emerging markets. Even under optimistic assumptions, tourism may decline by 60% in 2020. Any recovery will be highly uneven, with Asia and Europe in better positions. High uncertainty is surrounding the outlook given the state of the pandemic.

China Spotlight: Household Balance Sheets and Asset Allocation 

A recent PBoC survey revealed information regarding Chinese household balance sheets. Chinese households’ net worth is surprisingly large thanks to high savings rates and rising home values. The under-allocation in financial assets means poor liquidity yet great potential for diversification. 

IIF July 2020 Global Regulatory Update

The July 2020 IIF Global Regulatory Update provides updates on current work streams.

Economic Views: EM External Adjustment under COVID-19

The EM external outlook is shifting under the covid-19 shock. We study import and export trends in the first half of 2020. Imports are contracting...

Parallel Exchange Rates in the MENA Region 

We examine currencies in the MENA region with large secondary market discounts, the biggest of which are in Lebanon, Syria, Iran and Sudan. The divergence of official and parallel FX rates in these countries reflects decades of economic mismanagement, public corruption, and international sanctions. 

Frontier LatAm: COVID-19 and External Spillovers 

We analyze the impact of COVID-19 via early activity indicators. Tourism and remittances receipts are key vulnerability drivers. Despite shrinking services surpluses, falling goods imports have kept external pressure contained. Monetary policy has eased markedly, while fiscal space is more limited. 

The Big Questions: Ep. 8 - Central Banking in the Age of COVID-19

On June 30th, the IIF hosted our first ever event dedicated to central banking - Central Banking in the Age of COVID-19. This week's episode of The Big Questions recaps some of the most interesting moments.

G20 DSSI Template Waiver Letter Agreement

In response to the request for a waiver from private lenders stating that a request from sovereign borrowers for forbearance from official creditors would not constitute an event of default, we are very pleased to published this “G20 DSSI Template Waiver Letter Agreement.” 

Green Weekly Insight: Charting Course: Mapping ESG Data Providers

Amid rampant investor demand, the market for ESG data is set to top $750 million in 2020—over triple 2015 sales; ESG data providers cover a wide range of regions, sectors, and asset classes, and use differing methodologies and definitions; We note three overlapping categories of ESG data providers: market, ESG-exclusive, and specialized (e.g. climate); In the absence of mandatory disclosure, reported ESG data points vary substantially across countries and firms; Given still-patchy data availability, there is little correlation among ESG scores from different providers

IIF Letter on Europol Mandate

The IIF has responded to the consultation of the European Commission on the mandate for Europol.

 

 

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