In a live LinkedIn interview Tuesday, the Bridgewater Associates founder highlighted the devastating human toll of the virus, which has so far infected more than 2.5 million globally, and its wide-reaching economic repercussions. However, he went on to strike an optimistic note, saying that the financial fallout should be viewed in wider historical context.
Comparing the pandemic with other periods of economic hardship, such as the Great Depression, Dalio said the current downturn — painful as it is — would be “relatively brief” and would allow for a wider global “restructuring.” That restructuring could last three to five years, he said.
The 70-year-old businessman’s assessment reflects wider observations from economists and historians that we are currently in the midst of a technological revolution.
To thrive in that new environment, Dalio said people should focus on understanding and enhancing their logical and creative thinking abilities.