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Economic Commentary: Senate, Stimulus, and Brexit

The Senate outcome opens the door to future cooperation, while Brexit sets the stage for future frictions.

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Dark Before The Dawn

Policymakers around the world share the challenges of containing the renewed outbreak and supporting those affected by it.

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Big Data for a Big Year

A variety of data sources show we are closer to normal, but not fully recovered.

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Looking Back at 2020

From global responses to local lockdowns, we all witnessed dramatic changes in 2020.

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The Global Economy Will Likely Find Firmer Footing After the First Quarter of 2021

Promising developments surrounding vaccination give us hope that 2021 will be a better than year than the one that is about to end.

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Slow Brexit, Overloaded Shippers, Growing Fed Balance Sheet

Brexit negotiations had another unproductive week. Parcel shipping volumes are breaking records. And when and why might the Fed alter its asset purchases?

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U.S. Economic Outlook: Brighter Days Will Return

While some indicators are slowing, we are optimistic for a better year ahead.

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Janet Yellen, Consumer Spending, RCEP

Yellen is a good candidate for a tough job, and we review the outlooks for U.S. holiday spending and trade in Asia.

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No Single Story to the COVID Recovery

Recovery from COVID-19 has been a mix of successes and setbacks.

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U.S.-China Outlook, Fed’s Programs Ending, Presidential Authority

Fair trade over free trade will remain the theme in Washington.

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Humbling Outbreak

The Northern Trust Economics team reviews the outlook for developed markets facing COVID-19.

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Election Reflections, State and Local Struggles, Liquidity Traps

The 2020 election dims the outlook for major legislation and aid to local governments, while central banks face the risk of a liquidity trap.

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Investments in the Future: Infrastructure and Education

Our election 2020 coverage concludes with a look at the nation’s physical and human capital.

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Immigration in the Election, Population Growth Slowing, U.K. Fights a Second Wave

Fostering immigration, encouraging family expansion, and stopping COVID-19 are tough problems with no easy solutions.

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Climate Considerations, Regulatory Shifts, and Debt Investment in China

The environment is one of many sets of regulations under consideration.