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Taking stock of the covid-19 pandemic through a sustainability lens

19 November 2020 Jessica Phalafala, Fixed Income Quantitative Analyst at Prescient Investment Management
Jessica Phalafala, Fixed Income Quantitative Analyst at Prescient Investment Management

Jessica Phalafala, Fixed Income Quantitative Analyst at Prescient Investment Management

If you are reading this, you are well on your way towards surviving one of the most cataclysmic events of our lifetime; one that is forever going to reshape the way we view the world and drive home the importance of prioritising sustainability and all it entails during the years ahead.

The coronavirus, which originated in a wet market in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, has since been declared a global pandemic that has spread across the planet through international travel and global supply chains. At the time of writing, the number of cases worldwide was inching towards the 54 million mark. Additionally, the effects of the virus have reverberated through global financial markets and economies, resulting in the greatest recession since World War II.

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