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Saudi Arabia: Increase in U.S. Treasury Holdings

Holdings of U.S. Treasuries have increased, driven by portfolio restructuring in GOSI and the PIF. As across the GCC, public foreign assets exceed official reserves of the central bank. A further increase in the PIF’s assets abroad is set to improve the country's international investment position. 

Sustainable Finance in Focus: Climate change: a core financial stability risk

In this short overview, we highlight climate risks to financial stability; Even in a benign scenario, some $2.5 trillion of global financial assets are estimated to be at risk from the impact of climate change; A low-carbon transition can have a substantial positive net growth effect on GDP, outweighing costs... but transition and physical risks are growing as countries fall behind on emission targets

China Views: Fighting Trade and Consumption Headwinds

China currently faces headwinds to growth from both US tariffs and weaker domestic consumption. Compared with 2016, another period of soft exports and weak demand, many cyclical indicators—such as investment and retail—are weaker now, but structural indicators are more promising. 

CEEMEA Views: Poland - Procyclical Fiscal Policy

A fiscal stimulus program provided support to private consumption and growth in early 2019. Accommodative policies are expected to continue through 2020, helping growth to remain robust. One-off revenues and cyclically strong tax collection will mask the deterioration in fiscal discipline. 

FRT Episode 37: IIF Digital Finance Symposium

The IIF 2nd Digital Finance Symposium was held in Washington on May 29, and speakers Annelie Schnaar-Campbell (Standard Bank), Gene DiMira (ManuLife) and Michael Brett (QxBranch) join us to share their top takeaways (with Brad Carr).

Economic Views: Weak Productivity Growth in EM

EM productivity growth has been sluggish, mirroring well-documented patterns in DM. China’s productivity outperformed peers, but is slowing in line with global trends.

IIF Flows Alerts: EM Asia Capital Flows Recover

Non-resident portfolio flows to emerging markets triggered a surge alert on June 3, … following the recent “trade tantrum” which ...

IIF Capital Flows Tracker: Flows Decline Amid Rising Trade Tensions

Portfolio flows to Emerging Markets were -$5.7 billion in May. Equity and debt flows were -$14.6 billion and $9 billion, respectively. Net capital flows into EM were -$2.8 billion in April.

Weekly Insight: Wall of worry

Trade tensions and fears of a global growth slowdown send term premia and bond yields sharply lower; Tariff spat weighs on trade volumes — but inflation expectations in check as importers bear the brunt of the cost; U.S. buybacks and dividends still going strong — but ebbing earnings repatriation flows could signal a decline; Emerging market debt vulnerabilities reflected in higher risk premia; To meet ambitious goals for sustainable infrastructure and the Paris commitments on climate change, low-and medium-income countries would need to spend as much as 4.5% of GDP.

Charting the Customer Journey in the Digital Age

Financial services are going digital – how does this change how financial institutions work with underserved clients? The IIF and CFI explore digital transformation and provide examples of how financial institutions are providing creative solutions for emerging customers.




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