Covid-19

The influence of the covid-19 pandemic on safe haven assets

The influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on safe haven assets

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the financial markets, which includes triggered a flight from risky assets to safe haven assets. This column compares the performance of the safe havens over the world’s ten largest economies during COVID-19 and the 2008 Global FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. The findings claim that the type of safe haven assets has changed because the 2008 crisis. Gold, the original safe haven asset, has lost its glitter. However, the Swiss franc, the united states dollar and US Treasuries retained their safe haven status, and Tether, a cryptocurrency, shows some promise.

Covid-19

Mask mandates reduced the spread of covid-19 in the us

Mask mandates and other lockdown policies reduced the spread of COVID-19 in america

Confronted with COVID-19, people rationally and voluntarily react to information on risks, rendering it difficult to distinguish the result of containment policies from that of voluntary behavioural responses. This column examines the result of mandatory mask policies on COVID-19 cases and deaths in america. If the united states had on 1 April 2020 universally mandated that employees of public-facing businesses use masks, there might have already been nearly 40% fewer deaths by the beginning of June. Containment policies had a big impact on the quantity of COVID-19 cases and deaths, directly by reducing transmission rates and indirectly by constraining people’s behaviour, and take into account roughly half the observed change in the growth rates of cases and deaths.