The pandemic isn't changing everything

A CRISIS as life-altering as the novel coronavirus pandemic naturally inspires speculation about how it will change everything. But it is worth recalling that a far deadlier predecessor, the Spanish flu, killed 50 million to 100 million people between 1918 and 1920, and was followed by the...

This is how Covid-19 will raze the global economy

THOUGH the Federal Reserve moved over the weekend to slash rates and buy treasuries, markets around the world fell on Monday anyway. The coronavirus threatens to set off financial contagion in a world economy with very different vulnerabilities than on the eve of the global financial crisis 12...

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Wall Street wakes up to coronavirus

THE big surprise was not that global markets fell sharply this week on fears of the coronavirus, but that it took so long for them to wake up to the threat. Before Monday, Wall Street was full of instant experts in epidemiology predicting - on the basis of widely circulated charts showing the...

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Why small is the Next Big Thing

AFTER the turn of the millennium, the United States suffered its weakest decade of economic growth in the post-World War II era, and served as ground zero of the global financial crisis. Forecasters predicted a long American decline. Instead, over the course of the 2010s, the US staged a...

Why Wall Street loves strongmen

WALL Street has long existed as a parallel universe, where leaders cast by critics in the media as autocratic villains can be feted as heroes if their actions bode well for the economy.

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Why we should fear easy money

TO widespread applause in the markets and the news media, from conservatives and liberals alike, the Federal Reserve appears poised to cut interest rates for the first time since the global financial crisis a decade ago. Adjusted for inflation, the Fed's benchmark rate is now just half a per...