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Sustainable Finance in Focus: Greening Infrastructure in Emerging Markets

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations front and center for EM infrastructure

All About the Green: Episode 1, A Conversation with IFC's Neil Gregory on Impact Investment

The brand-new IIF “All About the Green” Podcast kicked off with its first episode. This monthly podcast series shines a spotlight on the e...

FRT Episode 30: New Data Ecosystem Roundtable

The IIF Digital Currency Roundtable kicked off in Paris with the New Data Ecosystem. This interactive roundtable discussion explored key regulatory an...

Global Macro Views: Turkey’s External Vulnerability and Credit-Led Growth

Last year’s sudden stop in the BoP gave rise to a severe credit crunch, cutting the current account deficit and reducing external vulnerability. But the credit expansion in Q1 of this year undid a lot of that progress. We see much of recent Lira weakness through this credit-focused lens. The way forward lies in shifting Turkey away from credit-led growth.

CEEMEA Views: South Africa Trip Notes

We recently returned from a research trip to South Africa where we met policymakers, analysts, rating agencies, and local asset managers. This note summarizes our key takeaways from the trip. 

Sudan: Systemic Change Is Imminent

Nationwide protests continue, triggered by dissatisfaction with the Al-Bashir regime. Sudan has contended for years with FX shortages and high inflation. Restoring confidence will require new leadership with the credibility and will to implement reform, and we expect a transition to take place. 

White Paper: How China Failed to Fail

The IIF released a collection of papers analyzing the state of the Chinese economy. This research coincides with the IIF’s 2019 China Roundtable, held on the margins of the IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings. 

March 2019 EM Growth Tracker

EM Growth Tracker at 3.2% 3m/3m sa ar in March. Business surveys suggest a moderate recovery ahead. Financial variables and hard data support the uptick. EM Europe & Africa trackers with important gains.

Economic Views: EM Balance of Payments Nowcasts

We assess EM current accounts systematically, through the lens of our BoP Nowcast framework. Deficits in Turkey and Argentina will shrink, but Turkey’s financing needs will remain high. South Africa will have the largest deficit in EM. Reserve levels are comfortable in most countries, but buffers are limited in Turkey and South Africa.

Sustainable Finance in Focus: Green Bonds Take Root

With this note we are launching a new line of topical research on issues related to sustainable finance. After record levels of issuance in Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, the green bond universe is now over $430 billion




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