The day after #7 - Climate change post Covid-19: A crisis at a crossroad

Tuesday 16 June 2020

This year was supposed to be the year when policymakers, corporates and investors charged ahead in the fight against climate change. After the disappointing COP25 in Madrid, shocking wildfires in Australia at the end of 2019, an ambitious plan emerged from the European Union to tackle climate change head on with its Green Deal. Instead, 2020 has become the year of the coronavirus pandemic. COP26 has been postponed, climate strikes have been cancelled and the European Commission’s ability to push through the Green Deal has yet to be proven. However, while the global lockdowns are sure to make a dent in global emissions for 2020, it remains to be seen whether climate change will fight its way onto the agenda into the recovery period or become sacrificed yet again...

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H2 2020 Investment Outlook - Investing during a de-freezing cycle

The Covid-19 crisis drove the global economy into an unprecedented deep freeze in the first half of 2020. The combination of monetary and fiscal stimulus will help the global economy de-freeze in H2. As was the case with the virus cycle, the recovery will be sequential and involve different regions at different times - on a ‘first in, first out’ basis - and will depend on the size of the policy response. As the global economy gradually de-freezes, investors will turn their focus back to geopolitics. The climax will be the US presidential election – the outcome of which appears increasingly open. It will influence the US vs. China dispute, which will shift from trade to technology and healthcare supremacy – and more broadly -- the new geopolitical order and the role of Europe within it. In Europe, we are monitoring the budgetary process and the recovery plan. This could redesign the future of Europe towards more sustainable and equal growth, the upcoming end of Merkel’s political era, Brexit and the response of the ECB to the German constitutional court, due in August.