July 3, 2020 |
LatinFinance examines how governments and markets have responded to the COVID-19 crisis in the first all-digital edition of the quarterly magazine
In the span of less than six months the world's economy has been burnt to a crisp by a microscopic killer. Latin America and the Caribbean have yet to reach their peak rates of infection and death. And yet, we do not see society standing still. In any struggle there remains hope, and certainly we see that in how governments, businesses, and investors are reacting to a scourge that has taken in a blip of time 500,000 lives and counting.
It is going to be the sheer force of human will that will see us through this pandemic. Evidence of that can be found in the innovative tools described in Vinod Sreeharsha's look at how financial technology is handling its crisis moment by keeping society digitally stitched together. We learn from Amy Guthrie how COVID-19 spares no government from scrutiny with cracks in the region's economies more exposed than ever. New investors and those who think they have seen it all before would do well to dig in on Charles Newbery's examination of lockdown investing and how to prepare for life after COVID-19. And while the phoenix on our front cover by Ivan Canu is struggling to lift the world out of COVID's ashen grip, there is renewed focus on what kind of soothing returns might be earned from growth in green investing. But you will have to tiptoe through the ESG data and the evidence presented by Jo Bruni.
We are doing a bit of innovating ourselves. This is the first all-digital edition of LatinFinance's quarterly magazine, as we navigate to keep our journalism aloft with the shifting times. I am also proud to bring podcasting to our platform through our newly launched LatinFinance Connect series. We use the tool in this edition to enrich a story on how impact investors are handling the crisis. We are also taking advantage of the digital space to enrich our use of graphics to help visualize market trends.