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The Economist (April 3)

2021/ 04/ 04 by jd in Global News

There are now “growing worries that, like a ship which is too big to steer, supply chains have become a source of vulnerability…. As they battle the pandemic and face up to rising geopolitical tensions, governments everywhere are switching from the pursuit of efficiency to a new mantra of resilience and self-reliance.”


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.


Wall Street Journal (June 22)

2020/ 06/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Giant companies from McDonald’s Corp. to Intel Corp. are husbanding cash, cutting costs and tapping debt, all moves that bolster their resilience amid persistent uncertainty wrought by the new coronavirus.” Looking ahead, they are also trying to figure out “when it will make sense to economize less and spend more to avoid losing out to rivals once the recovery begins in earnest.”


Wall Street Journal (February 23)

2016/ 02/ 24 by jd in Global News

Europe is again sputtering, which is the “cost of ignoring Mario Draghi’s pleas for reforms.”  Quantitative easing “without accompanying policy reforms such as looser labor-market rules and liberalized product markets is losing traction fast. Only those reforms could boost European resilience in the face of global developments such as China’s slowdown that weigh on growth.”


Washington Post (April 19)

2015/ 04/ 20 by jd in Global News

For fifty years Moore’s Law has shown remarkable resilience in predicting the growth of computing power. It has also served as “a quiet rebuke to those who think we control our destiny. The historical reality is that technological, commercial and intellectual upheavals — often unforeseen — set in motion forces that create new opportunities and threats. We struggle to master what we haven’t anticipated and often don’t understand.”


The Economist (November 1)

2014/ 11/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Leading students of capitalism have been pronouncing the death rites of family companies for decades” and yet these firms continue to thrive. Indeed, “the proportion of Fortune 500 companies that can be described as family companies increased from 15% in 2005 to 19% today.” One reason for their resilience is that family firms “have got better at addressing their obvious weaknesses.”


Institutional Investor (October 10)

2014/ 10/ 11 by jd in Global News

“As refugees from Syria and Iraq flood across the border and, the real economy suffers, Lebanon’s central bank is looking to start-up lending as a way to boost growth.” Despite an influx of 1.3 million refugees (roughly a third of its pre-crisis population), Lebanon’s “economy has remained intact. Growth, while meager, is still projected to reach 1.8 percent this year….Much of this resilience is down to the creativity of the central bank” and the novel approaches it is adopting.



Real Estate Investment Today (April Issue)

2014/ 05/ 01 by jd in Global News

“REITs contribute to more resilient real estate markets and a more resilient financial system.” Sub-prime mortgages contributed to the residential property collapse, but REITs helped stabilize the commercial market. A recent study by researchers from the University of Wisconsin and the Bank for International Settlements found that REITs provide markets with much needed transparency and liquidity. It’s “clear that REITs provide real benefits for the broader commercial real estate industry, for investors and for our nation’s economy.”