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Lebanon: Chance To Act To Restore Stability 

The formation of a government based on a "cabinet of experts" raises the chances of reforms that could arrest the country’s downward economic spiral and facilitate access to already-pledged concessional loans. However, restoring growth will require additional capital inflows from official sources. 

IIF Insurance Update January 2020 

This month's topics include:

  • IIF response to IAIS Consultation on Liquidity Risk Management
  • IIF IRC Meeting - February 26 

LatAm Views - Ecuador's Fiscal Risk 

Fiscal consolidation has been tempered by political reality. Revenue shortfalls and rigid spending could raise funding needs. Financing relies heavily on timely disbursement by official creditors.

Green Weekly Insight: Roaring Twenties

As the “decade of sustainability” gets underway, calls for action on climate change will become increasingly strident; With electricity demand soaring, a rapid shift to low-carbon alternatives is needed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050… …but in the EU (and beyond) nuclear power remains contentious, as growth in renewables can't keep up with demand

GMV: Crisis versus Secular Stagnation EMs

Growth has slowed sharply across many emerging markets, ... a phenomenon we have been calling “secular stagnation” in EM.  Drivin...

IIF Response to IAIS Consultation on Liquidity Risk Management 

The IIF has responded to the IAIS Application Paper on Liquidity Risk Management, which was released for public consultation on November 19, 2019. 

Macro Notes: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Eurobond Risks

Government debt in Sub-Saharan Africa has risen markedly in recent years. This is partly due to issuance of Eurobonds in a low interest rate environment. Debt amortization will peak in 2024-25, while financing needs remain high. As a result, these countries will need to attract significant non-resident capital. Tightening of global financial conditions could increase debt costs substantially.

Economic Views: The Credit-Growth Nexus in India

Credit and growth slowed significantly in India, ... in the context of a severe shadow-banking shock. We study similar past credit crunch episodes...

FRT Episode 57: Basel Committee Open Banking Report

We discuss the recent Basel Committee report on Open Banking and APIs with lead author Linda Jeng.

Weekly Insight: Too frothy?

Equity valuations soared in 2019, as loose financial conditions drove price/earnings ratios higher; By sector, tech and consumer discretionary have seen the biggest valuation gains, health care, banks and utilities have lagged; Early U.S. bank earnings have largely beat expectations, with particular strength in trading revenues, upbeat guidance; Global debt hits record of 322% of GDP in Q319; refinancing this year will top $19 trillion across mature and EMs; Electric vehicle sales growing rapidly alongside declining input costs; market share seen rising to 30% by 2030



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