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  • Interior of empty seats on train

    05 Aug 2020

    Five key questions for the UK economy

    The country faces tough choices as it tries to control COVID-19 and reignite economic growth.

  • Woman in office using virtual reality glasses

    29 Jul 2020

    Virtual reality reaches a tipping point

    COVID-19 is accelerating adoption of the technology for work and leisure, says Davey Jose.

  • Preparing to jump from a high dive board

    24 Jul 2020

    Fighting the fear

    How concerns over coronavirus and job prospects will help shape the global economic recovery.

  • 17 Jul 2020

    China’s uneven recovery

    The economy is picking up pace but further support for jobs is vital, argues Qu Hongbin.

  • 13 Jul 2020

    A difficult job

    Government support for labour markets following COVID-19 will need to become more targeted, says HSBC’s Janet Henry.

  • 09 Jul 2020

    A new digital currency for China

    Centrally issued digital currencies could make payments safer and more efficient, explains HSBC’s Paul Mackel.

  • A worker on a construction site at sunset

    07 Jul 2020

    Why investment needs to carry growth

    With trade languishing and consumers more withdrawn, investment must play a bigger role in driving the recovery after COVID-19.

  • Worker in automobile assembly line

    03 Jul 2020

    Reopening the world economy

    Governments around the world are easing lockdowns – but consumers may remain cautious.

  • 24 Jun 2020

    Investors cautious on emerging market outlook

    Some 47 per cent polled in a new HSBC survey expect emerging market growth to slow over the next 12 months.

  • Two red-eyed tree frogs

    17 Jun 2020

    Biodiversity in the balance

    With 1 million species under threat, investors have a key role to play in protecting the planet.

  • Blue lorry on wet road

    12 Jun 2020

    Cut the muck from trucks

    Biofuel, hydrogen, batteries – what is the best way to make heavy goods vehicles greener?

  • Chinese businessman going to work with his bicycle and crossing the road

    09 Jun 2020

    COVID-19 accelerates change for Asian consumers

    From online medicine to bicycles, coronavirus is reshaping the way Asia shops.

  • Bread products in the window of a Danish bakery

    01 Jun 2020

    Sub-zero rates are no silver bullet

    Negative interest rates provide a small boost to growth at best, says HSBC’s James Pomeroy.

  • A scientist holds up a piece of medical testing equipment

    28 May 2020

    Trade barriers hamper COVID fight

    Open trade and investment has a key role to play in tackling coronavirus.

  • 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.

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