By Hari Chaitanya, Head of Investor Services, Product Management at Standard Bank

A year ago, investors finally accepted the gravity of the looming COVID-19 crisis. In March 2020, major equity markets collapsed by almost a third, while safe-haven assets – including US Treasury bonds – came under unprecedented strain. Although markets have since recovered, the crisis has taken its toll across the globe, including in Africa. But the pandemic has also sparked positive change ...