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World Coronavirus Dispatch: Covid could wipe out $16 trn of global wealth

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Medics collect a swab sample of an air passenger from Chicago for COVID-19 test who landed in Hyderabad and arrived at his native city by bus, during the ongoing Covid-19 nationwide lockdown, in Vijayawada. Photo: PTI
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Many nations are emerging from lockdowns even as experts are predicting a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Yuvraj Malik New Delhi
In a new estimate of loss from the pandemic, BCG has said volatile markets and the economic fallout could wipe out as much as $16 trillion of global wealth this year and hinder growth for the next five years. This would be higher than the 2008 financial crisis, which erased $10 trillion.

Personal financial wealth reached $226 trillion globally last year, a 9.6 per cent gain from 2018 and the strongest annual growth rate since 2005. From 2019 through 2024 wealth growth worldwide could slow to a CAGR of 1.4 per cent if BCG’s worst case scenario pans out.

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First Published: Jun 18 2020 | 7:52 PM IST

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