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The wildcards that could sabotage the global economy in 2021

A black swan swims in a lake inside the Retiro Park in Madrid
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Say, what's that emerging in the distance?
  • Tim Fernholz
By Tim Fernholz

Senior reporter

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You never see the one that gets you. This time last year, the coronavirus was already spreading, but it wasn’t until February that the world began to realize the magnitude of the challenge it faced.

There are undoubtedly ugly surprises awaiting us in 2021, despite the feeling that 2020 has really offered all the downside humanity can handle. In the spirit of a reverse-jinx, here is what would be keeping us up at night, if we weren’t already sleeping so poorly.

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