The massive struggle with Covid-19 continues with a disturbing growth in cases, deaths, and a lagging economy. A rise in income inequality has led to three in four households globally suffering declining income, with 82% of poor households affected. But there is a bright light — a robust stock market. After a slight decline at the pandemic’s onset, stock prices made a speedy recovery, yielding a combined 28% increase of $850 billion for U.S. billionaires, whose total wealth now approaches nearly $3.8 trillion — more than 60% of the wealth of the entire global population. …
The economic impact of coronavirus continues to surprise. In the spring, previously unimaginable shutdowns pushed economic activity to unimaginable lows.
After the initial shock, however, perhaps the biggest surprise has been how fears of systemic meltdown remain unfulfilled — the initial bounce back was far stronger and sooner than expected, and some sectors of the U.S. and other economies have seen complete recoveries to pre-crisis levels of activity.
While the stronger-than-expected recovery aligns with the business experience of many leaders we speak with, they still wonder what drove the gap between expectations and reality — and whether it can last. To answer these questions, we need to look at various recession types and their drivers, how Covid-19 fits in, and what this cycle’s idiosyncrasies are.
Charlie Rose interviews Michael Steinhardt about his book publication, back in 2001: