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Bart van Liebergen July 1, 2015 - 4:26pm

Bart van Liebergen joined the IIF in June 2015, working as an Associate Policy Advisor in the Regulatory Affairs Department. He is involved in the IIF’s Insurance Regulatory Committee, working on the proposals of the IAIS and FSB for an International Capital Standard (ICS), a Basic Capital Requirement (BCR) and Higher Loss Absorbency (HLA).

Daily Flows Database July 1, 2015 - 11:44am
Peru: Bolstering Growth June 29, 2015 - 5:45pm

The government is deploying its full policy arsenal to support faltering growth. After a weak first quarter, the economy is showing signs of a revival. Presidential elections scheduled for April 2016 do not augur major policy changes as all the main candidates are pro-market.

IIF Member Call on Greece June 30, 2015 - 1:25pm

Given the fast moving developments in Greece I would like to invite you to participate in a special conference call for IIF members on the current situation. Please join me in a discussion of the implications of the situation for Greece and the euro area in general. As background to the call please refer to the June 29 publication "IIF Dispatch: Update on Greece."

Paris Europlace International Financial Forum in cooperation with IIF & SFA June 29, 2015 - 11:31am

This two day forum is centered on "Fostering Economic Growth in Europe: The Paris Offer."

IIF Dispatch: Update on Greece June 29, 2015 - 9:50am
The Greek drama has entered a new and dangerous stage. The chances that an unruly rush of events could precipitate an escalating default on Greek government debt and an eventual exit from the currency union have risen sharply, although the course of events is still hard to anticipate. Market conditions are likely to be volatile, with turbulence likely limited to Greece.

IIF Dispatch: Update from Turkey June 26, 2015 - 4:18pm

During our recent visit, discussions centered on the likely outcome of the coalition government negotiations, and their implications for Turkey’s near-term macroeconomic outlook. If political parties fail to form a coalition government by mid-August, then President Erdogan will have to call for an early election, most likely held in November.

Weekly Insight: View From Frankfurt July 1, 2015 - 12:20pm

*Risk rally stalls as markets focus on Fed, Greece
*QE made in Frankfurt gets good reviews
*Global Growth - A mixed bag
*Greece - down to the wire...yet again!
*Japan - Growth Strategy 3.0
*TPP - Finding a way forward
*Enhancing the role of Europe’s capital markets
*FinTech in Frankfurt

Desmond Dahlberg June 25, 2015 - 3:43pm

Desmond Dahlberg is an undergraduate student at Kenyon College studying economics and statistics, graduating in 2016. Previous employers include the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. and the National Institutes of Health.

India: Jump-Starting Financial Inclusion June 25, 2015 - 3:44pm In India, the combination of a determined new government, an innovative program resulting in the opening of 163 million new bank accounts, and breakthroughs in technology promises to bring about a revolution in the availability of financial services.
Capital Markets Union June 25, 2015 - 8:50am

The European Commission’s proposed Capital Markets Union (CMU) is an ambitious and broadly welcome initiative. Strong capital markets—as a complement to bank lending—would promote financial stability and foster job creation and economic growth throughout Europe.

June 2015 EM Portfolio Flows Tracker June 25, 2015 - 10:11am

Portfolio flows to emerging markets weakened further in June, reaching a year-to-date low of $4.2 billion according to our Tracker estimates. EM debt flows continued a streak of five months of subdued inflows, while equity markets experienced 2015’s weakest month of inflows. Reduced risk appetite related to concerns about Fed exit and “Grexit” seem to have weighed on EM flows this month.

EM Portfolio Inflows Drop to 2015 Low in June June 25, 2015 - 8:02am

Portfolio flows to emerging markets fell in June, reaching a year to date low of $4.2 billion, according to the latest EM Portfolio Flows Tracker by the Institute of International Finance.

“Portfolio flows to emerging markets have weakened further,” said Charles Collyns, chief economist at the IIF. “Emerging market investors seem to have become increasingly cautious as the Fed’s first interest rate hike since 2006 is approaching. Fears of Greece leaving the Euro Area have not helped either.”

The IIF reported that emerging market debt flows continued a five month streak of subdued momentum, while equity markets experienced the weakest monthly inflow of 2015. On a regional basis, inflows to EM Asia slowed in June while flows to Latin America were more resilient. In Emerging Europe, outflows continued for the fifth consecutive month.

Bahrain: Tough Fiscal Challenges June 24, 2015 - 4:29pm

Despite ongoing security concerns, economic activity has been reasonably robust, supported by rising government expenditures. However, lower oil prices are expected to lead to fiscal consolidation and dampen growth. Risks include increased unrest and an extended period of low energy prices.

Comments on "Building a Capital Markets Union" June 24, 2015 - 2:35pm

The IIF’s Council for Asset and Investment Management, Credit Ratings Advisory Group, Task Force Europe, and individual member firms welcome the opportunity to comment on the European Commission’s Green Paper entitled “Building a Capital Markets Union.”

Press Release of the Paris Club and the IIF June 24, 2015 - 4:45am

MEETING OF THE PARIS CLUB WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF NON PARIS CLUB BILATERAL CREDITORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR

For the 15th consecutive year, the Paris Club and the Institute of International Finance jointly organized a meeting between Paris Club creditors, Paris Club ad hoc participants and private creditors, and representatives from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Executive Program on Trade and Infrastructure Financing June 24, 2015 - 5:58pm

An overview of the key leadership issues facing trade and infrastructure financing.

China Spotlight: What is a "Basically Open Capital Account, Chinese Style?" June 22, 2015 - 3:14pm

Despite concerns about the slowing domestic economy, China's leadership seems determined to step up the pace of capital account liberalization this year. In late March, PBOC Governor Zhou Xiaochuan set the stage with a speech at the China Development Forum calling for a "basically open capital account" by the end of 2015.

Weekly Insight: More Questions Than Answers July 1, 2015 - 1:21pm

* Slow-moving Fed trumps Grexit worries—for now
* Lower Fed dots send dovish signal
* Oil Prices—bearish short term, but tighter market by Q4
* Global bond portfolio allocation drop to its lowest level since 2011

June 2015 Capital Markets Chartbook June 18, 2015 - 5:11pm

Heightened market volatility and uncertainty related to the Greek stalemate have contributed to higher risk aversion in June. However, recent Fed signals suggesting a more gradual path of rate hikes have alleviated some of these tensions—at least for the present.