Coronavirus and the Butterfly Effect: Six implications for sustainable investing

How to invest sustainably in a post-Covid-19 world

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Navindu Katugampola of Morgan Stanley Investment Management
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Navindu Katugampola of Morgan Stanley Investment Management

The reverberations of the Covid-19 pandemic can be imagined through the lens of Edward Lorenz’s 'butterfly effect,' visual imagery that the MIT meteorology professor used to suggest that the flap of a butterfly’s wings might indirectly cause a tornado, which represents how small change can have large consequences.

The current crisis is said to have started in a provincial market in China, before spreading rapidly round the world through travel routes and supply chains. There is also clear scientific evidence...

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