The COVID-19 crisis has engulfed all continents, but Latin America and the Caribbean has suffered more than most, coping with the high toll of lost human life and bankrupt businesses that once thrived. Banks cannot escape the inevitable collateral damage to their balance sheets, especially when government supports end. To avoid a financial crisis and ensure a return to economic health, good policies are needed to promote financial stability and recovery.
Emerging Markets Are Pressed for Liquidity, but Central Banks Don’t Issue the Currency They Need the Most
The COVID-19 crisis has been most challenging for emerging-market economies, those that least needed a new challenge as they were vulnerable before the crisis began. Liquidity support from central banks is crucial, but their help is often not in the hard currency required. The guardian of global financial stability, the IMF, will need more support from its members to fulfill its role as the true lender of last resort.
Can Basel III Work for Emerging Markets and Developing Economies? New Report Says Yes, With Some Key Adjustments
Basel III, a regulatory framework designed with the goal of enhancing international financial stability in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, was tailored to banks in advanced economies. However, regulators in emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) are also embracing these standards, even though doing so may pose challenges to their financial development. How can Basel III be made to work for EMDEs? A new CGD Task Force report makes several recommendations.