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IIF Insurance Update - May 2019

The May edition of the Insurance Update provides targeted updates on IIF insurance activities and events, and highlights relevant IIF publications or related regulatory developments in other fields.

FRT 35: Machine Learning in AML

Sarah Runge, Global Head of Financial Crime Compliance Regulatory Strategy for Credit Suisse, joins us on this week’s episode of FRT to discuss the benefits and challenges of applying Machine Learning in Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF).

Economic Views: India’s Shadow Bank Credit Shock

Indian shadow banks were under pressure in 2018. They did not experience a severe funding crunch, but remain under continued pressure to deleverage. In response, shadow banks are lending a lot less, affecting overall credit supply and growth negatively.

Lebanon: Time to Establish Credibility

Lebanon once again is at a crossroads. Painful measures are needed in difficult situations, and achieving fiscal sustainability, rebuilding confidence, and preserving the peg to the dollar inevitably will re-quire strong adjustment.

Weekly Insight: Vertigo

Trade and geopolitical tensions drive investors to safe havens as market risks are reassessed; Greater sensitivity to political news flow reflects growing dominance of passive investing, high-frequency trading; New Principles for Debt Transparency aim to help address debt-related vulnerabilities in low-income countries; Green asset-backed securities have surged in popularity in recent years, but are still a niche product

Global Macro Views: The FDI Shortage in EM

Last year we unveiled a new measure of genuine FDI flows to EM which strips out reinvested earnings to focus only on “true” FDI flows. This measure of “true” flows has fallen to its lowest level in 20 years, a global FDI shortage that impacts emerging as well as frontier markets.

Pakistan: This Time Is (Not) Different

Loose monetary and fiscal policies have led to the build-up of macroeconomic imbalances. The IMF deal of $6bn will be adequate only with additional foreign inflows and significant rollovers. Decisive policy action and substantial external financing will be needed to achieve macroeconomic stability.

CVA Advocacy - Letter to the Basel Committee PDG

The IIF submitted to the Basel Committee and to representatives of the Basel Policy Development Group this letter which sets out the key messages of our advocacy and industry's recommendations for addressing these issues.

IIF Flows Alerts: Trade Dispute Prompts EM Flows Reversal

Non-resident portfolio flows to emerging markets triggered a reversal alert on May 14. China’s non-resident equity is in retreat, propelled by a continuation of the trade conflict. The overall outflow of capital is mainly driven by equities, as bond flows have been steady.

Macro Notes: Ukraine Will Need the IMF in 2020

We do a balance of payments forecast to assess the funding gap for Ukraine. Ukraine needs a follow-up IMF program of $2 bn under benign assumptions. Political impasse is a key risk due to parliamentary elections in October.



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