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Africa: End of the Commodity Super-Cycle Weighs on Growth
April 13, 2015-Sub-Saharan Africa's growth will slow in 2015 to 4.0 percent from 4.5 percent in 2014, according to World Bank projections released today. BlackRock ETP Landscape: March driven by non-US equity
April 10, 2015--NON-U.S. DEVELOPED MARKETS EQUITY ETP FLOWS SURGED IN MARCH TO SECURE BEST Q1 ON RECORD
Global ETPs gathered $36.1bn to lift Q1 flows to $97.2bn, nearly triple the total from Q1 2014
BlackRock ETP Landscape: March driven by non-US equity
A-shares inclusion in MSCI indexes likely: analyst
April 10, 2015--Morgan Stanley Capital International(MSCI) has kicked off a second round of surveys among global institutional investors concerning listing A-shares in the MSCI All Country World Index and will make a final decision in June, according to Shanghai-based China Business News. CFTC.gov Commitments of Traders Reports Update
April 10, 2015--The current reports for the week of April 7, 2015 are now available. First Bridge 'ETF 20/20' Trends: Q1 '15 Review
April 9, 2015--Highlights
br>Assets for ETFs listed in the US grew by 4.5% in Q1 2015, with ETF s providing global equity exposure gaining the most in net assets.
Both the VIX and BofAML high yield bond spread were up from a year ago ( 10% and 28% respectively), but are still below their 10 year historical median values.
Developed Ex US equity markets (EFA) and US small caps (IWM) were the best? performing of the ETFs representing the major asset classes in Q1 2015.
AdvisorShares Weekly Market Update: MLB Opening Day But Is the Fed Now in a Rain Delay?
April 9, 2015--For the week of March 30- April 2
MLB Opening Day But Is The Fed Now In A Rain Delay?
Friday's holiday did not stop the jobs report from printing and it was a stinker. The economy created 126,000 new jobs compared to expectations of 245,000 jobs. The headline unemployment rate held steady at 5.5% and the broader U6 number downticked to 10.9% likely due to a corresponding downtick in labor force participation to 62.7%,
IMF Executive Board Concludes 2014 Article IV Consultation with Brazil
April 10, 2015--The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV Consultation1 with Brazil on March 16, 2015.
Starting in 2015, the new government has been introducing a series of measures to strengthen macroeconomic policies and restore credibility following a period in which Brazil's growth has surprised on the downside.
IMF-Plain Vanilla Investment Funds Can Pose Risks
April 8, 2015--Asset management industry plays rising role in financial system
Role has benefits, risks for financial stability
More "hands on" supervision needed, with better data, oversight
Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR)
April 8, 2015--Contents
Chapter 2: International Banking After the Crisis: Increasingly Local and Safer?
Chapter 2 analyzes developments in international banking since the global financial crisis. It highlights a shift from direct cross-border lending to local lending by foreign banks' affiliates. The decline in cross-border lending can be explained by a combination of regulatory changes, weaknesses in bank balance sheets, and macroeconomic factors.