This week marks the rather grim milestone of a year since the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 spread a global pandemic. But with vaccines being rolled out and lockdown easing, we might be glimpsing the light at the end of the tunnel. The big question remains: what will the world look like when lockdown is over?
This conference looked at whether the COVID crisis has had a pervasive impact on the investment landscape in the short and long term, and asked delegates to question whether some of the investment assumptions used in the past are still applicable in the future. It also looked at the influence of the COVID crisis as an accelerator for certain key themes driving markets; examined the way business is conducted and decisions are made; and tried to predict the impact of technological innovation on businesses, the way we work and the future of the global economy. Importantly it challenged investors to think about what needs to change, and hasn’t yet, and how the crisis can be a catalyst for new and improved business practices and investment allocations.