What Happens in Emerging Markets If Recent Bank and Portfolio Inflows Reverse?

International Monetary Fund, April 2012

2 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2012 Last revised: 30 Apr 2012

Reinout De Bock

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: April 15, 2012

Abstract

A substantial amount of foreign portfolio and bank-related capital has been flowing into a number of emerging market economies since 2009. A reversal of these flows as a consequence of financial deleveraging or waning risk appetite could place the financial sectors of many of those economies under substantial pressure. Research indicates that if these flows were to reverse, growth prospects would deteriorate and currencies would weaken vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar. Bank lending to the private sector would contract significantly, and the asset quality of banks’ balance sheets would deteriorate.

Keywords: Capital flows, Emerging markets, Financial stability, Exchange rate

JEL Classification: E32, E44, E51, F30, F32, F34, G2

Suggested Citation

De Bock, Reinout, What Happens in Emerging Markets If Recent Bank and Portfolio Inflows Reverse? (April 15, 2012). International Monetary Fund, April 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2046706 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2046706

Reinout De Bock (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20431
United States

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