The federal government and the Federal Reserve are now working on multiple fronts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and soften its impact on the economy. The shock to US domestic demand from closures, cancellations and other preventative actions will likely be one of the main economic challenges. That said, there are three undercurrents helping to cushion the economy from this blow. Also this week: How the OPEC price war may provide a much-needed source of economic stimulus.
March 17, 2020