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I checked in with Harding Loevner’s Simon Hallett recently, something I hadn’t done in any depth since I interviewed the then-CIO of the institutional investment manager in these pages back in the spring of 2016. Much has changed. After sharing the CIO role for five years with colleague Ferrill Roll, Simon took the firm’s Vice Chairmanship, and left the CIO headaches to Ferrill — though he’s still standing by, in an advisory role, while tending to external interests. The highly successful boutique institutional investment firm’s — and is own.
By Arthur Kroeber In the early stages of the Covid pandemic, I wrote that the biggest analytic problem was high uncertainty across several dimensions (see Six Degrees Of Uncertainty). A year later, despite volumes of new information and the lightning creation of vaccines promising a path out of the pandemic, uncertainty remains.
By Vincent Tsui Across Europe and the US, car plants are getting shuttered and workers are being furloughed, not because of Covid-19 but because of a shortage of microchips from Asia. This storm is centered on Taiwan, which for decades has been an unsung contract supplier of electronics and chemicals.
By Jerome H Powell Today I will discuss the state of our labor market, from the recent past to the present and then over the longer term. A strong labor market that is sustained for an extended period can deliver substantial economic and social benefits, including higher employment and income levels, improved and expanded job opportunities, narrower economic disparities, and healing of the entrenched damage inflicted by past recessions on individuals’ economic and personal well-being.
By Tiffany N Ford, Jennifer M Silva, Morgan Welch, and Isabel V Sawhill In the last few decades, middle-class wages, especially for men, have stagnated, and the middle class has experienced slower income growth than the bottom and top quintiles.? If not for women’s increased economic contributions, middle class incomes would not have risen at all.