Emerging Markets Capital Flows Monitor

Net capital outflows from emerging markets have picked up over the past month following the Fed’s more hawkish turn at the FOMC meeting in early June. Outflows may intensify over the coming months, but the macroeconomic fallout in the major EMs should be limited.
Shilan Shah Senior India Economist
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