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THE Covid-19 pandemic is still with us. And, appears to be growing rapidly globally.
CONVENTIONAL wisdom has it that the Covid-19 pandemic started to spread from Wuhan, China.
CHINA bashing has become a bipartisan passion in the West, especially the United States. Whenever Trump is put in a corner, his tactic is to blame China! The latest being his wish to distract from his Administration’s failure to contain the disease, Covid-19 – such that America, despite having had months to prepare for it, now has the most Covid-19 cases and deaths in the world – far, far more than China.
TODAY, the world’s financial rhythm remains American. The US dollar assumed the role of the world’s dominant reserve, payment and settlement currency after WWII. The country’s position as the sole financial superpower gives it extraordinary influence over the destinies of nations
THE Covid-19 lockdowns have led to a deep economic dive, sending shockwaves around the world. IMF estimates world GDP will fall by 3% in 2020 (down 6.3 percentage points from its earlier forecast of +3.3% in late January).
II used to be that pushing public debt beyond 90% (of GDP) could hurt growth and increase the risk of crisis. Today, economists are not so sure.
I TAKE off from when I last discussed negative interest rates (NIRs) in my Sept 28,2019 column: “Getting to Grips with the World of Negative Rates.”
GLOBAL recession is here. The global Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. Lockdowns imposed by governments the world over have pushed the global economy into the sharpest downturn since the Great Depression.