June 30, 2014


June 30, 2014 — The Institute of International Finance today released new estimates for portfolio flows to emerging markets for June 2014 that saw inflows continue at a rapid pace, with portfolio bond flows rising to the highest levels since April 2013.

“Investors’ risk appetite remains buoyant and has supported flows into emerging markets over the last several months,” said Charles Collyns, chief economist at the IIF. “For now, markets seem unfazed about Fed exit, but sentiment could become less favorable if there is a growing sense that the Fed could have to tighten more quickly than is currently priced in.”

June 26, 2014

In an op-ed in Mint, IIF Chief Economist for Asia/Pacific Dr. Bejoy Das Gupta discusses India’s prospects relative to China given high expectations for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to move forward on economic reforms to lift growth and lower inflation.

June 25, 2014

For the 14th 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, along with representatives from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Sovereign and private participants stressed the paramount importance of dialogue between sovereign debtors and their creditors and coordination among creditors as the cornerstone of an efficient system for sovereign debt crisis prevention and resolution.

May 29, 2014

The IIF today lowered its forecast for private capital flows to emerging markets in 2014 by $47 billion to $1,032 billion relative to its January report, largely due to weaker inflows in 2014H1 as the Ukraine crisis is weighing heavily on flows to Russia.

“The environment for capital flows to emerging markets has become very supportive as the global economy gains momentum, risk aversion has come down to very low levels, and U.S. long-term interest rates have eased,” said Charles Collyns, chief economist at the IIF. “Portfolio flows have surged in recent months according to our Portfolio Flows Tracker, although the overall level of flows has taken a hit from the fallout of the Ukraine-Russia crisis.”

May 28, 2014

The IIF today announced the first class of the Institute’s new Future Leaders Group. “Beyond the impact of regulatory changes and technological innovation, the future of our industry will be determined, in large 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 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.

May 27, 2014

George T. Abed, Senior Counselor and Director for Africa and the Middle East, discusses the economic and political challenges facing incoming Egyptian President Abdul Fattah El Sisi.

May 13, 2014

In an op-ed in Mint, IIF Chief Economist for Asia/Pacific Dr. Bejoy Das Gupta discusses the Bharatiya Janata Party’s priorities for economic development and improved governance and market expectations for prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

May 5, 2014

Macroeconomic prospects remain favorable for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries the Institute of International Finance said in its latest forecast for the region. The IIF estimates the GCC will grow at 4.2 percent in 2014.

Growth moderated from 5.5 percent in 2012 to 4.2 percent in 2013, largely due to a slower rise in crude oil production. Non-hydrocarbon real GDP growth, a more representative measure of economic activity, remained robust at 5.4 percent in 2013, driven by higher public spending and stronger private sector activity.

Overall growth is projected to remain around 4 percent this year due to continued restrained oil production to accommodate increased oil supply from the United States and Iraq, and tepid global oil demand.

May 2, 2014

The Institute of International Finance today announced that Steven A. Kandarian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc. has joined the IIF’s Board of Directors. “I am delighted to welcome Steve to our Board,” said Douglas Flint, Chairman of the IIF Board of Directors and Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc. “The IIF’s Board reflects the diverse nature of our membership and Steve’s presence will ensure insurance-related issues continue to be a top priority of the IIF.”

May 1, 2014


May 1, 2014 — Bank lending conditions in emerging economies deteriorated in 2014Q1, according to the latest Emerging Markets Bank Lending Conditions Survey from the Institute of International Finance. The composite index of the IIF’s Survey declined 1.2 points to 48.2 in 2014Q1.

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