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Amid exceptional uncertainty, the global economy is projected to grow 5.5 percent in 2021 and 4.2 percent in 2022. The projected growth recovery this year follows a severe collapse in 2020 that has had acute adverse impacts on women, youth, the poor, the informally employed, and those who work in contact-intensive sectors. The strength of the recovery is projected to vary significantly across countries, depending on access to medical interventions, effectiveness of policy support, exposure to cross-country spillovers, and structural characteristics entering the crisis.

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A great World Bank report discussing the challenges and changes of the future workforce and how it is being driven by technology. It is important to understand that many children currently in primary school will work in jobs as adults that do not even exist today.

 

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Commodity prices for the most part are set to rise in 2021 on inflation concerns triggered by a tight labour market and high oil prices possibly caused by a rise in geopolitical tensions in the middle east. Notwithstanding tensions, for the most part commodity prices adjusted for inflation are targeted to trickle higer.

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 In the US, a 75-year-old today has the same mortality rate as a 65-year-old in 1952. Similarly, in Japan, 80 is the “new 65.” As an actuarial matter, then, today’s 75-year-olds are not any older than the 65-year-olds of the 1950s hence the dramatic growth of the worlds aging population.

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Accelerating industry change. The COVID-19 pandemic is placing enormous strain on the global health care sector’s workforce, infrastructure, and supply chain, and exposing social inequities in health and care. COVID-19 is also accelerating change across the ecosystem and forcing public and private health systems to adapt and innovate in a short period. Deloitte Report.

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The 2021 global life sciences outlook looks at the many ways COVID-19 accelerated change for the sector, the changes that are likely to stay, and what can be reimagined and made better. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of practices, news ways of living and working, and technologies that were expected to take years to develop. See full report.

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The early beginnings of a lithium revolution vs. gas powered vehicles. Notwithstanding Tesla, Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, VW, GM, Ford and others either producing electric cars or are in the process thereof and then there is Google and Apple.

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Fintech is transforming the financial services industry. Technology-driven change is so pervasive that no financial institution is immune. Customers are now demanding better services, seamless experiences regardless of channel, and more value for their money.

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The Brexit process has begun. Customs and regulatory borders with VAT and possibly with tarriffs will be stablished. Businesses and other market participants will likely face uncertainty throughout the process.

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Industry analysts have suggested 5G will add $3.8 trillion, or 2% to expected gross output by 2035, supporting 22.8 million new jobs.

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While average auction prices were mixed, indicators suggest bubble-like prices are showing signs of deflating. A potential correction would create value opportunities for enthusiasts interested in vehicles, not investments.

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Guarded optimism—it’s a sentiment that applies to numerous luxury housing markets in 2021. Local market economic conditions and domestic policies—from inventory to tax changes—override the global forces in driving price growth and demand.

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