Jim O’Neill: Can a post-Covid boom endure or will inflation come roaring back?

Recent indicators have pointed to a strong rebound but if governments and central banks start to worry that generous fiscal conditions are unwarranted, they could start to tighten the screws

Purchasing managers indexes in many countries have registered record increases, including even in some places that have experienced a resurgence of Covid-19 infections. Picture: Getty

For much of the past year, I have argued that a cyclical economic recovery from the Covid-19 disruption would be stronger than most people expected. In offering that outlook, my emphasis was on the cyclical rather than structural nature of the crisis: the lockdowns were always going to be only temporary; safe and effective vaccines have been brought to market with unprecedented speed; and governments have duly responded to the shock with massive levels of ...