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Responsible Investor (June 9)

2020/ 06/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Only in finance can a product lose 24% of its value and be celebrated as success. Since traditional benchmarks have lost more than ESG funds since the beginning of the year, ESG is feted by some as a success, a ‘refuge’.” Kudos, however, are not in order. “The rude fact is that, on the whole, ESG risk management frameworks did not prepare us for the inevitability of the pandemic. They did not help investors and banks anticipate the crisis, nor how to navigate it. The pandemic is a failure of mainstream risk management frameworks. Sadly, it is also a failure of ESG risk management frameworks.”

 

New York Times (May 21)

2020/ 05/ 24 by jd in Global News

“Let us not squander another crisis. We need to take a long, hard look at all the ways the pandemic can push this little planet of ours to further ruin — and then work like crazy, together, to stave off the coming hell.”

 

South China Morning Post (May 12)

2020/ 05/ 13 by jd in Global News

In Hong Kong, the “coronavirus crisis is shaping the future of office space…. Net absorption of office space has fallen to an 18-year low…. In the long run, the Covid-19-induced trend towards flexible working arrangements will drive office decentralization.”

 

Institutional Investor (May 5)

2020/ 05/ 07 by jd in Global News

“Institutional investors have a remedy for the mounting pile of public debt accumulating during the coronavirus crisis: Tax private equity.” In a recent survey 62% of respondents suggested “increasing taxes on private equity, carried interest or performance fees, and special purpose vehicles” as ways “their national governments should adjust tax policies to offset stimulus spending.”

 

Financial Times (April 16)

2020/ 04/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Sadly, it is quite possible that when we meet again we will be no better placed to face the unequal world in which we live. Yet it need not go that way. A concern with equity in crisis management would lessen suffering in many countries now, and offer new ideas to inspire us to build a less unequal world in the future. Since we are less than half way into the crisis, dare we hope this can still happen?”

 

Chicago Tribune (April 10)

2020/ 04/ 11 by jd in Global News

“The coronavirus crisis maddens in myriad ways, and for many victims one of the most vexing is the inability to get tested…. Broader-scale testing is beginning to occur, but the progress is unacceptably slow.” We need to ramp this up to provide “more detail about where exactly the pandemic has struck.” Until we do, “the country will never be able to defeat the coronavirus — and get the economies of Illinois and the rest of the country back on track.”

 

New York Times (March 29)

2020/ 03/ 30 by jd in Global News

The Covid-19 crisis has awakened “a sleeping giant” in China. “How the ruling Communist Party manages the coming months will help shape how hundreds of millions of young people see its authoritarian political bargain for decades to come.” The “generational awakening… could match the defining effects of World War II” and it “could disrupt the social stability on which the Communist Party depends.”

 

Forbes (March 22)

2020/ 03/ 22 by jd in Global News

“The most unique aspect to this market crisis is the sheer speed of the decline. The S&P 500 has dropped 30% in a month, in the crisis of 2008 a 30% drop from the market’s high took almost a year. If 2008’s decline was a Toyota Camry, this decline is a Ferrari.”

 

Wall Street Journal (March 18)

2020/ 03/ 20 by jd in Global News

“The coronavirus pandemic is devastating global travel, causing business to evaporate and forcing companies to slash payroll in what’s shaping up to be the biggest test the modern travel industry has ever faced.” Travel bans today’s other issues are different from the financial crisis. They “can’t be overcome with cheaper fares or clever marketing.” Moreover, “the crisis could permanently reshape attitudes toward travel, fundamentally changing the landscape for hotels, airlines and cruise companies, and the millions of smaller businesses that make up the industry.”

 

New York Times (September 27)

2019/ 09/ 29 by jd in Global News

“The only solace in the current American standoff with Iran is that President Trump seems not to want to risk a war. That is of some comfort in a crisis that has left the United States looking weak and untrustworthy. But the crisis could still descend into armed conflict, and that is largely attributable to Mr. Trump’s poorly considered strategy.”

 

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