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The pandemic stimulus has backfired in emerging markets

The overdrive saw higher inflation, higher interest rates and currency depreciation, partly neutralising the sugar high of stimulus 

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The pandemic stimulus has backfired in emerging markets

Ruchir Sharma From the start of the pandemic, many emerging nations watched the US and other large developed countries “go big” on economic stimulus, and wished they could afford to follow. It turns out they were lucky if they couldn’t and wise if they chose not to. Emerging markets that stimulated most aggressively got no pay-off in a faster recovery, owing in part to the downsides of overindulging. The big spenders tended to suffer higher inflation, higher interest rates and currency...

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