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WARC (September 28)

2020/ 09/ 29 by jd in Global News

“COVID-19 and recession mean the next 18-24 months will be a difficult time in which resilience planning will be essential for businesses everywhere.” Corporate strategies will need to align with the five “consumer sentiments that will be uppermost in a changed world,” namely: Financial Anxiety, Health Concerns, Loneliness Syndrome, Quest for Truth and Safety Fears.


The Economist (September 26)

2020/ 09/ 28 by jd in Global News

“The pandemic could lead governments to prolong the life of many undeserving firms. Keeping the growth of the undead in check will be vital to the long-term economic recovery…. Marginally profitable firms were central to Japan’s “lost decade” in the 1990s…. Zombie-infested industries suffered from inert labour markets and lower productivity growth. Since then, the rich world as a whole has begun to look more zombified.”


The Guardian (September 25)

2020/ 09/ 27 by jd in Global News

“It doesn’t take an Einstein to observe the folly of Johnson doing the same thing twice and expecting a different result. Delaying inevitable tougher rules will likely do what it did before. Prolonging the pandemic worsens the economy as well as the roll-call of death and serious long-term Covid illness. But nothing in Johnson’s reckless life suggests any precautionary DNA in his selfish genes.”


Wall Street Journal (September 24)

2020/ 09/ 26 by jd in Global News

“Finance chiefs and investors are trying to figure out how to account for coronavirus-related expenses as the pandemic transforms how companies operate in ways that may become a permanent cost of doing business.” The effects of COVID-19 are now expected to last for months, if not years, but “some companies continue to treat virus-related costs as special, one-time items, which can give the impression that a business’s costs are lower than they actually are,” boosting, for example, adjusted Ebitda. Some professionals believe it is now time for “treating these items as regular costs of doing business as they close the books for the third quarter and not adjust their non-GAAP earnings.”


Bloomberg (September 24)

2020/ 09/ 25 by jd in Global News

“As the likelihood of additional federal stimulus fades, U.S. stock investors are returning their focus to the coronavirus pandemic and not liking what they see.” Consumers are again cutting back and “the prospects for a vaccine in the next few months have also waned just as the latest data shows an uptick in cases.” Moves by the Federal Reserve and “$3 trillion of federal stimulus helped fuel a torrid five-month rally that began in March,” but “their limitations have become clear.”


Time (September 22)

2020/ 09/ 24 by jd in Global News

“England’s COVID-19 reopening went terribly wrong.” Britain hit 4,422 new cases on September 19, “the most in a single day since late May, when the country was still under national lockdown. The vast majority of those new cases (3,638) were in England…. On Monday, the government’s scientific advisors warned on television that, at current rates, the U.K. could be recording as many as 50,000 new cases per day by mid-October.”


Seeking Alpha (September 21)

2020/ 09/ 23 by jd in Global News

“More and more countries/regions have succumbed to Japanification” with “the process of rapid debt accumulation, followed by monetary easing, which shields the government from the normal consequences of overspending.” And now, “the United States is following lockstep down the economic trail blazed by Japan.”


The Science Times (September 21)

2020/ 09/ 22 by jd in Global News

“The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitory Service in Europe has monitored over 100 wildfires in the Arctic” since June. “The ‘zombie fires’ have been the worst this year since reliable monitoring began in 2003.” In June alone, the Arctic fires had already released an amount of carbon comparable “to how much the greenhouse gas is emitted in an entire year from smaller nations like Cuba and Tunisia.”


New York Times (September 19)

2020/ 09/ 21 by jd in Global News

“No sensible person can dispute that Covid-19 is a great tragedy for humanity,” And yet measured, “by the cold logic of evolution: The career of SARS-CoV-2 so far is, in Darwinian terms, a great success story…. Bad luck for us. But evolution is not rigged to please Homo sapiens.”


The Economist (September 19)

2020/ 09/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The new age of nationalism will change the way multinational firms are run—for the worse.” The “Corporate contortions” now underway “at TikTok and Arm are an unfortunate sign of things to come.” We are witnessing the birth “Frankenfirms.”


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