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After the Virus, Clouds of Locusts

So far 2020 has been difficult, to put it mildly. It started out on a high note with an apparent truce between the U.S. and China when the Phase One trade agreement was signed in mid-January.  But it has been downhill from there. The big issue, of course, is the global coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has sickened more than eight million people representing every populated continent with the number of deaths nearing 450,000. The economic fallout from the global efforts to limit spread of the virus has been and will continue to be severe. In aggregate the world economy has taken a bigger hit than it did during the Great Recession of 2009/10. Only now are governments taking cautious steps to reopen their economies, and plenty of questions...

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