Press Release
March 5, 2015
Investors have been confronted with a fundamental "asset-liability mismatch", owing to low interest rates and a shortage of high quality assets, according to the Institute of International Finance's latest Capital Markets Monitor.
 
"Globally, institutional investors have boosted their holdings of corporate and foreign bonds by 65 percent since 2008 to $5.1 trillion, including a record level of $2.1 trillion of high-yield bonds," said Hung Tran, executive managing director at the IIF. "This strategy has produced good returns in recent years as rates declined and credit spreads narrowed.  However, investors may find it difficult to rebalance their portfolios away from credit risk as market liquidity has deteriorated greatly in recent years."
Press Release
March 2, 2015

Global fund investors increased exposure to Euro Area equities in February following the ECB's announced expansion of their quantitative easing program, according to the new monthly Trends in Investment Fund Portfolio Allocation report by the Institute of International Finance.

The IIF has introduced this new monthly report to closely monitor emerging trends in asset allocation of mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors.

Press Release
February 25, 2015

Portfolio flows to emerging markets moderated to $12 billion, down from $23 billion in January, according to the latest EM Portfolio Flows Tracker by the Institute of International Finance.

"EM portfolio flows have been very volatile in recent months," said Robin Koepke, an economist at the IIF and lead author of the report. "These gyrations are likely to continue in the period ahead as Fed interest rate hikes come closer and investors adjust their expectations of the likely pace of Fed tightening."

Press Release
February 20, 2015

The global economy is gradually gaining momentum, led by the U.S. and Euro Area economies, but emerging economies are lagging behind, according to the IIF's latest Global Economic Monitor.

Overall, global growth is projected at 3 percent in 2015 and 3.3 percent in 2016, up from 2.6 percent in 2014. The IIF raised its forecast for mature economies by 0.2 percent to 2.3 percent, in part because of the benefits of lower oil prices on consumption. However, the outlook for emerging markets has been marked down by around half a percentage point.

"We are witnessing unusual divergences in the global economy," said Charles Collyns, chief economist at the IIF. "Where U.S. growth and a pick-up in Euro Area growth should push global growth up to its highest rate since 2011, many emerging markets are not yet sharing in the upswing, held back by home-made problems which offset some of the positives."

Press Release
February 10, 2015

Emerging market GDP growth weakened further from its subdued pace of 3.6 percent in Q4 according to the January update of the IIF’s EM Coincident Indicator.  The IIF reported that the EMCI declined in January to 3.2 percent.

“Signs that growth is continuing to slow in emerging markets is definitely a worry," said Charles Collyns, Chief Economist at the IIF.  "Momentum seems to be picking up in advanced economies, but the benefits have yet to spread very far."

Press Release
February 4, 2015

Divergence in G4 monetary policies has heightened uncertainty and market volatility that will likely persist, if not increase, as political tensions are on the rise, according to the Institute of International Finance's February Capital Markets Monitor.

"The ECB's comprehensive QE program has brought to the fore the challenges posed by the ECB and BoJ easing moves," said Hung Tran, executive managing director at the IIF. "Other countries will either need to match these easing measures, or see their currencies strengthen against the euro and the yen. This fresh wave of QE will prolong a world of plentiful liquidity and zero or negative interest rates more than six years after the financial crisis."

Press Release
January 30, 2015

The Institute of International Finance today published its 2015 calendar of accredited IIF global training programs.

Twenty-nine courses will be held in financial centers around the world.  Courses include the IIF's flagship executive programs and the newly added topic-driven, one-day global trainings.

Course topics will include risk management, corporate governance, accountancy, banking and insurance prudential regulation, and key issues facing the asset management, private banking and wealth management industries.   

Press Release
January 28, 2015

The Institute of International Finance today announced the IIF Future Leaders Class of 2015.

“The future of our industry will be determined, in part, by those who lead it,” said Tim Adams, president and CEO of the IIF. “Our Future Leaders program is meant to bring some of the brightest emerging talent in the industry together with current leaders to discuss pressing issues and to learn from one another.”

The Future Leaders program was formed in 2014 by the IIF’s Board of Directors to recognize young leaders within the financial industry and to foster ties between rising stars from different regions and backgrounds.

Press Release
January 22, 2015

Bank lending conditions in emerging economies continued to tighten in 2014Q4 as deteriorating funding conditions offset stronger loan demand, according to the latest Emerging Markets Bank Lending Conditions Survey from the Institute of International Finance.

"Even as demand for bank lending has risen, the supply-side has weakened as the financial market volatility in the fourth quarter of last year weighed on bank funding conditions," said Charles Collyns, chief economist at the IIF.

Press Release
January 20, 2015

The Institute of International Finance today released the following statement following a meeting of the IIF Board of Directors in Zurich, Switzerland:  

“The IIF Board of Directors endorses the standard aggregated collective action clauses and pari passu clauses for the terms and conditions of sovereign notes released by the International Capital Market Association in August 2014. The IIF encourages its members to promote the use of these proposed terms in sovereign debt contracts.”

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