Key Issues

Portfolio Inflows to Emerging Markets Slow Sharply in August

August 27, 2014 — Following several months of buoyant inflows, portfolio investments in emerging markets slowed sharply in August, according to the latest Institute of International Finance EM Portfolio Flows Tracker. Emerging markets are estimated to have received a mere $9 billion in August, after an average of $38 billion per month in May-July. Portfolio debt inflows were particularly affected, grinding to a halt in August. New regional portfolio flow estimates for the month of August point to a reversal in portfolio flows to EM Europe (-$7.3 bn) and Africa (-$1.5 bn), and a slowdown in flows to Asia ($9.7 bn) and Latin America ($8.3 bn).

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IIF Names Jean-Charles Sambor Director of Asia/Pacific

August 25, 2014 — The Institute of International Finance today announced that Jean-Charles (“JC”) Sambor will become IIF’s Director for the Asia/Pacific region. Sambor will be based in Singapore where he will head IIF’s new regional office. “Asia is a crucial part of the global economy and an important region for the IIF,” said Tim Adams, president and CEO of the IIF. “JC’s experience and knowledge will help guide our coverage of the region and his presence in Singapore will allow us to better engage with our members.”

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IIF President and CEO Tim Adams Discusses the Future of U.S. Monetary Policy on CNBC Asia

August 22, 2014 — IIF President and CEO Tim Adams talks with CNBC Asia’s The Rundown about Fed monetary policy and the state of the U.S. economy from the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole Symposium.

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Financial Times: HSBC chairman Douglas Flint warns of ‘danger’ in staff becoming risk-averse

August 4, 2014 — Speaking to the Financial Times, Douglas Flint, Chairman of the IIF Board of Directors and Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc. warns of “a ‘growing danger’ that employees are becoming too risk-averse because they fear punishment for mistakes, the latest sign that banks are making a fresh push against regulation.”

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August 2014 Global Regulatory UpdateMember only content

August 6, 2014 — This month’s IIF Global Regulatory Update provides updates on current work streams in regulatory capital, liquidity, recovery and resolution, data requirements, accounting, disclosure, insurance, and upcoming events.

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Ukraine: Fighting for SurvivalMember only content

The escalating conflict in eastern Ukraine deepened the economic crisis that follows years of economic mismanagement and widespread corruption. Output has contracted sharply, the currency lost half of its value, deposit withdrawals continued and tax collection imploded. These developments prompted the IMF to revise the standby arrangement approved in May. However, with the economy unlikely to stabilize until the war in the East is stopped, even the revised program will be difficult to implement and a large financing gap is likely to emerge for which there is presently no source of funding.

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Financial Services Forum -- Statement on GAO Report

July 31, 2014 — Financial Services Forum President and CEO Rob Nichols today released a statement regarding the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “Large Bank Holding Companies: Expectations of Government Support,” which examined if a cost of funding differential exists for large banks.

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Emerging Market Bank Lending Conditions Ease for First Time Since Early 2013

July 30, 2014 — Bank lending conditions in emerging economies eased in 2014Q2, according to the latest Emerging Markets Bank Lending Conditions Survey from the Institute of International Finance.

“Overall lending conditions in emerging markets eased for the first time since early 2013,” said Charles Collyns, chief economist for the IIF. “This primarily reflects better bank funding conditions, helped by increased risk appetite in financial markets, consistent with our recent portfolio flows tracker.”

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Capital Markets Monitor TeleconferenceMember only content

September 4, 2014

Hung Tran, IIF Executive Managing Director, and Sonja Gibbs, Director of Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Policy, present the key highlights of the August CMM and take questions from participants. The call will take place at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

2014 Annual Meeting of Latin America Chief Executives

September 9-10, 2014

Mexico City

Hosted by Banorte, this year’s program will focus on the global and regional economic outlook, challenges from post-crisis regulation, and financial inclusion.

2014 IIF Executive Program on Risk Management - Risk Strategy Beyond Basel III

September 9-11, 2014

New York

Offered in cooperation with Credit Suisse, this three-day program succinctly brings together the concerns that risk officers face with growing regulatory demands that are forcing change in the financial industry landscape and current business models in the market. Interactive roundtable discussions with session speakers and the moderator will underpin the program allowing the audience-driven discussions to uncover further insights, especially from fellow participants.

IIF MENA Regional Economic Forum

September 29-30, 2014

Manama, Bahrain

Hosted by Gulf International Bank, the Forum will address the challenges of economic diversification and meaningful job creation in the oil-producing economies, prospects for political stability and sustainable economic growth in the transition (“Arab Spring”) countries, global energy markets and the future role of the MENA oil producers in global energy supplies, and prospects for Arab economic cooperation and private sector intra-regional capital flows in the wake of the “Arab Spring.”

2014 IIF Annual Membership Meeting

October 10-11, 2014

Washington, D.C.

The 2014 IIF Annual Membership Meeting will be held from Friday, October 10 through Saturday, October 11 at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

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