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Trade in a COVID-19 World, Unemployment Support, Bank Stress Tests

The challenges keep mounting for global trade, unemployed workers, and banks.

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U.S. Coronavirus Cases Rise, Commercial Properties Challenged, and Tourism Lapses

More infections lead to more worry, while the commercial real estate and tourism sectors are put to the test.

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Banks Are Put To the Test, Smartphones Measure Movement, and the Poorest Are Hit Hardest

Banks undergo a true stress test, smartphones measure movement, and poverty may rise.

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Adding Up Employment, Brexit Marches On, Food Supply Gets Stuck

Why did unemployment fall? Why is Brexit proceeding? And why did so much food go to waste?

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Past the Bottom?

Economic data shows mild improvement, but the road to recovery will be a long one.

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Roots of Recent Discontent, Shifting Global Production, and Controlling the Yield Curve

Economic factors are motivating recent protests and changes to supply chains.

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Timing of the U.S. COVID-19 Policy Responses, China’s New Agenda, Misleading Trends

Faster actions are better in fiscal policy, but that’s not the case for China’s foreign policy.

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Addressing the Class of 2020, Europe’s Slow COVID-19 Response, U.S. Households Struggling

The pandemic is putting universities and their graduates to the test.

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Lives and Livelihoods - May 2020

Major economies are easing restrictions to reboot economic activity. Unfortunately, they are faced with a difficult tradeoff between lives and livelihoods.

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Recovery From the Pandemic Will Follow Four Curves

The absence of a “V-shaped” recovery means trouble for policy makers, mortgage finance, and emerging markets.

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Surveying the Damage

The Northern Trust Economics team gives a perspective on a tough outlook for U.S. growth and employment this year.

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Charting New Territory in Monetary Policy, Unemployment Aid, and Australia

Policy measures to aid financial markets and labor forces through the crisis are wide-ranging.

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Uncharted Waters - April 2020

Economic activity is expected to recover in the second half of the year, but the shocks in some parts of the world could last for longer.

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Policies Try to Keep Pace with the Pandemic, Coronabonds Test Europe, Paycheck Protection Pandemoniu

Economic activity descended in an elevator and will climb back up on the stairs.

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Reality Check

Economic data will reveal an incredible downturn.