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  • 20 May 2020

    Cloudy now, brighter later

    Why solar panel installation is set to bounce back after the short-term shock of coronavirus.

  • A sign saying “we are closed” hangs in the window of a shop

    18 May 2020

    Global GDP set to fall further

    Emerging markets are increasingly vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19, says HSBC’s Janet Henry.

  • 14 May 2020

    Lifting lockdowns

    Why a speedy return to growth is unlikely, even as COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease.

  • 13 May 2020

    Keeping trade moving

    Digital solutions may help importers and exporters face up to the challenges created by COVID-19.

  • 06 May 2020

    No cash, please

    Will coronavirus worries accelerate the switch towards contactless payments?

  • 05 May 2020

    After the pandemic

    The response to COVID-19 may trigger major shifts in how societies operate, says Stephen King, Senior Economic Adviser, HSBC.

  • 04 May 2020

    HSBC forecasts sharp global recession

    COVID-19 could lead to a quicker and deeper downturn than 2009, says HSBC’s Janet Henry.

  • 23 Apr 2020

    Vaccines could need government help

    COVID-19 shows governments need to help fund vaccine manufacturing capacity, says HSBC’s Steve McGarry.

  • 17 Apr 2020

    Pricing carbon to limit warming

    Effective carbon pricing is likely to be key to keep emissions in check over the longer term.

  • 07 Apr 2020

    China gets back to work

    The Chinese economy is starting to recover from the impact of COVID-19, according to HSBC Global Research.

  • 27 Mar 2020

    Coronavirus and the environment

    COVID-19 may spur long-term changes in the way people work, shop and travel.

  • 24 Mar 2020

    Smart buildings cut emissions

    New technologies that make buildings greener and more energy-efficient are on the rise.

  • A steel worker and sparks from molten steel in an industrial foundry

    16 Mar 2020

    Commodities adapt to climate change

    Environmental factors are sparking change in the commodities sector, says HSBC’s Paul Bloxham.

  • A Chinese woman hits a punching bag in a gym

    05 Mar 2020

    The rise of China’s female consumers

    Young Chinese women are playing an increasingly important role in the world’s consumer markets.

  • A hydrogen fuel cell

    25 Feb 2020

    Renewables can make hydrogen green

    Using wind and solar power to generate hydrogen could speed the transition to a low-carbon world.

  • 08 Jan 2020

    Consumers carry the global economy

    Consumer spending will be key to global growth during the next two years, says HSBC’s Janet Henry.

  • 18 Dec 2019

    ASEAN’s gateway to global trade

    Southeast Asia stands to gain from its increasing ties with other economies worldwide.

  • 14 Nov 2019

    Cutting congestion lifts growth

    Making it easier to get around cities could boost the economy and protect people’s health.