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Prospects for the global economy in 2021

Europe and the United States may slip back into recession in the northern hemisphere winter. If vaccination succeeds, the advanced economies will recover robustly from mid-2021. Few emerging markets will be widely vaccinated by end-2021, restricting, if not negating, their recoveries.

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Biden will wield expert US foreign policy team

If confirmed by the Senate, Austin will be the first African-American in that post. His selection is strongly supported by minority rights groups, partly because his military career immunises him from any claims of tokenism. This comes as Biden is announcing his wider national security team.

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Smart contracts are likely to have limited application

These experiments are testing the technology for its potential to save time and money, and for its capacity to boost transparency of the financial sector. However, these trials have also exposed major limitations of the technology’s design.

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Prospects for the US economy in 2021

Ensuing restrictions cast doubt on the prospects for sustaining the impressive third-quarter GDP rebound in the next two quarters. The recovery of employment and consumption could be reversed. Congress's failure thus far to extend economic support beyond 2020 is a looming threat.

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