Singapore PM: virus hit to economy likely worse than 2008 crisis

Singapore’s prime minister warned on Saturday that the negative economic effects of the coronavirus outbreak will likely be deeper and more prolonged than the 2008 financial crisis. “The economic hit will likely be more serious than the global financial crisis, and longer-lasting too, even beyond the end of the pandemic,” Lee Hsien Loong said in.

Energy & Precious Metals

How much worse could it get for oil? Crude prices took their cue from a nosediving stock market to lose up to 16% this week for the biggest weekly tumble since the Great Recession that began in 2008. That’s a known. But pundits looking at the carnage across markets from the coronavirus epidemic are warning.

Saudi economy grows just 0.3% in 2019 as oil sector shrinks

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s economy grew by a weaker-than-expected 0.3% in 2019 as the oil sector contracted sharply, official data showed on Sunday, although the non-oil sector accelerated. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, wants to boost the private sector and diversify its economy away from oil, but sliding oil prices and crude.

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