This OECD note provides illustrative estimates of the initial direct impact of shutdowns, based on an analysis of sectoral output and consumption patterns across countries and an assumption of common effects within each sector and spending category in all countries. This approach suggests that the initial direct impact of the shutdowns could be a decline in the level of output of between one-fifth to one-quarter in many economies, with consumers’ expenditure potentially dropping by around one-third. Changes of this magnitude would far outweigh anything experienced during the global financial crisis in 2008-09. This broad estimate only covers the initial direct impact in the sectors involved and does not take into account any additional indirect impacts that may arise.
The Fiduciary Investors Symposium Digital 2020 global digital program addressed the pertinent issues for investors in navigating a crisis environment. It explored the leadership and investment issues in the short and long term including the disruption to portfolio construction, liquidity and risk management issues, and the need to fast-track purpose before profit. It explored the changing nature of the global economy and whether the status quo processes and behaviours that investment professionals undertake to tackle risks and opportunities will be sufficient in the future.
This online interactive conference brought together investors, academics and fund managers to share the stories and ideas around investment opportunities out of this crisis and how it can be an opportunity for a more equal and sustainable economy.