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The Big Questions: Ep. 6 - COVID-19 Risks and Policy Responses with MAS Managing Director Ravi Menon

IIF President and CEO, Tim Adams, joins The Big Questions again this week, for a conversation with Ravi Menon, Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and as Tim descrbes him - "one of the most recognizable thought leaders of central banking and finance in the 21st century." The two discuss the impact of the COVID-19 in Singapore, the associated risks, and policy responses. 

Angola: Oil Price Plunge Takes Its Toll

Lower oil prices, dwindling production, and COVID-19 have undercut hopes for growth in 2020, and turned external and fiscal surpluses to deficits. The medium-term outlook depends primarily on oil price and production recovery, and the continued implementation of structural reforms.

Macro Notes: Ukraine - Another Stopgap IMF Program

Ukraine has secured a $5 bn, 18-month Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF. This stopgap will help finance fiscal spending and external debt repayments. Improved market conditions will allow Ukraine to build up reserves further. We project an output contraction of 6.9% despite aggressive interest rate cuts. Further structural reform efforts are critical for robust growth going forward.

IIF Sustainable Finance Monitor For June 2020 

We are delighted to share this first issue of our new monthly Sustainable Finance Monitor, designed to bring together the latest global developments, analysis of policy and regulatory initiatives, market trends, activities of the IIF Sustainable Finance Working Group and related IIF events. 

June U.S. Regulatory Update

The June U.S. Regulatory Update covers recent Federal Reserve reports on regulation and financial stability, new policy measures in response to COVID-19, the Pandemic Risk Reinsurance Program, regulator testimonies on Capitol Hill, and more.

Economic Views: Funding Fiscal Deficits in India & Indonesia

We continue our analysis of fiscal deficit financing in EM. Foreigners reduced exposure to Indonesian bonds sharply, … but large BI purchas...

China Spotlight: Monetary Assists to the Fiscal Deficit

The PBoC can assist fiscal functions by providing necessary liquidity and taking on some quasi-fiscal functions through relending and policy banks. The PBoC may have to support the issuance of special central government bonds. However, the PBoC is not going to explicitly monetize fiscal deficits.

LatAm Views: The QE Challenge 

COVID-19 has widened fiscal deficits and spurred needs for additional funding. As a result, QE-type measures have gained impetus amid disinflationary pressure. While countries with sounder institutions can take more aggressive steps, we expect QE to remain modest barring a resurgence of instability. 

IIF and GFMA letter to Global Standard Setting Bodies Advocating Development of Global Principles on Operational Resilience

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) and the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) today sent a joint letter to the Financial Stability Board (FSB), Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) to encourage the development of global principles on the operational resilience of financial institutions.

Green Weekly Insight: Financing a Sustainable Recovery

Social issues to the fore: growing tensions in the U.S. could undermine efforts to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak;




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