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Macro Notes: CEE - Robust Growth and Limited Spillovers

Growth in the Euro area slowed considerably in 2018 and 2019H1. CEE countries are highly integrated into European value chains. We already see evidence of a slowdown in industrial production. However, domestic demand continues to support robust growth. In case of further shocks, policy space is not universally available.

Economic Views: Growth in China Remains Stable

Activity in China slowed markedly in the first half of 2018, but softened just marginally when trade tensions picked up. Policy support to credit-intensive sectors largely offset tariffs, but investment in high value-added tradable sectors suffered. Scope for more policy support remains if growth falls further.

IIF October Insurance Update

Topics addressed:
*IIF Response to IAIS Big Data Analytics Draft Issues Paper
*IIF Insurance Regulatory Committee Meeting
*IIF Cyber Risk Roundtable 
*December 6 IIF Insurance Dialogue, London, UK 
*IIF LIBOR Transition Roundtable 

IIF Response to IAIS Issues Paper on Big Data Analytics 

On October 16, 2019 the IIF responded to the IAIS Draft Issues Paper on the Use of Big Data Analytics in Insurance. 

FRT Episode 50: FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams

FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams joins IIF CEO Tim Adams and Brad Carr to discuss the roles for banks and supervisors in enabling innovative solutions for customers and promoting greater financial inclusion.

Lebanon: An Era of Change Has Begun?

Nationwide protests continue, triggered by economic strain and deep-rooted dissatisfaction with the sectarian-based leaders. Permanent fiscal measures and deeper structural reforms are needed to achieve macroeconomic stability and raise growth.

Weekly Insight: Notes from Washington

ESG and sustainable finance top the policy agenda in last week’s IMF/World Bank (and IIF) meetings in Washington D.C.; Global growth set to decline to the slowest pace since the financial crisis; Strong start to U.S. Q3 earnings season, but rising corporate borrowing has been funding risk-taking, record payouts ; Carbon pricing initiatives are spreading but remain woefully insufficient to keep global warming to 2◦C

Global Macro Views: Rising Deflation Risk in the Euro Zone

The annual meetings were full of anecdotes on the severity of the German downturn. The diesel shock and new environmental standards weigh heavily on...

Macro Notes: IMF Meetings - Not as Bad as You Think

Investors finished the IMF/WB meetings on a less negative note. Concerns remain, but fewer worried about the risk of a recession. Monetary easing and a US-China trade deal would be supportive. Barring surprises from the Dollar, modest flows to EM are likely. The IMF's integrated policy framework remains a key topic for EM.

2019 PCG Report on Implementation of the Principles

The 2019 Report on the Implementation of the Principles takes stock of the quarterly discussions of the Principles Consultative Group (PCG), which includes senior officials from emerging and mature market economies as well as senior bankers, investors and sovereign debt experts.




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