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Weekly Insight: Bumpier Road

Jittery equity analysts cut forecasts for next year’s corporate earnings; Tighter financial conditions may prompt more central bank caution; Safe-haven flows intensify in early 2019 amid concerns about the credit cycle; Heightened volatility — notably in equity markets – dampens risk appetite 

Weekly Insight: Be Prepared

Slump in cyclical sectors highlights concerns about global growth, impact of quantitative tightening; Market selloff has prompted a sharp correction in equity valuations—but they still don’t look cheap; Signs of rotation to emerging markets; This will be the last Weekly Insight of 2018—see you in the New Year!

Asymmetric Disintermediation

In this forerunner to deeper IIF analysis that will follow in 2019, we look at some potential scenarios where innovative disruption could have an asymmetric effect on banks’ balance sheets.

Global Macro Views: Lessons Learned in 2018

Lesson #1: Don’t engineer an outsize credit boom into a global tightening cycle. Lesson #2: Current account-based estimates of FX fair value are really important. Lesson #3: After a decade of G-3 monetary easing, EM has a positioning overhang. Lesson #4: Imposing a tariff on China is a negative shock that weakens the RMB. Lesson #5: Don’t get hung up on stories the Fed is shifting hawkish. It isn’t.

Sticky Notes: December 19, 2018

In our last edition of Sticky Notes in 2018, we look at President Xi's reform anniversary speech, Venezuela's future, NAFTA termination, oil markets, and a potential U.S. government shutdown.

IIF Response to IAIS Application Paper Supervision of Corporate Governance

On December 17, 2018 the IIF responded to the IAIS Application Paper on Proactive Supervision of Corporate Governance.

Global Macro Views: Q&A on our new EM Positioning Measure

We have introduced a new measure of real money positioning in EM, which extends the IIF’s well-known work on capital flows to positioning. Our positioning data are calibrated to match stock positions in the BoP, so by construction are representative of the full positioning picture.

Chile: Returning to Robust Growth

Growth has rebounded, driven by higher copper prices and robust investment. Ongoing reforms will help reduce the fiscal deficit and stabilize public debt. High external corporate debt poses challenges, but several factors mitigate risks.

FRT Episode 20: Innovation in Trade Finance

Trade finance is a business line ripe for innovation, and Mike Hogan (MUFG) and Richard Chenga-Reddy (Standard Chartered) join FRT to discuss how to modernize, with a fascinating case study in Japan and many opportunities for distributed ledger technology (Brad Carr).

Heat Map of EM Vulnerabilities

The Heat Map is constructed to compare relative vulnerabilities across countries and is used for analyses in our publications such as the Global Economic Monitor and Capital Flows Report, in particular to assess'  the cross-country impact of higher risk aversion or increase in Fed policy rates, especially in EMs with external vulnerabilities and less credible policy frameworks.'

 

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