I had plans for several blog entries in December, but as so often, this last month of the year turned out a bit more hectic than expected. But there is so much to write about in the new year, including about two forthcoming
special issues in the Journal of Banking and Finance and about several new papers that my co-authors and I are about to finish. Then there is the sad story of the British polity, with its corruption, rule-breaking, and failing state, while there are
high (maybe too high) expectations for the new German government. As we enter the third full year of Covid-19, all the optimism from a year ago is gone, with omicron spreading quickly and country after country going into another lockdown. But on a positive
note, I have been lucky to have been able to work again in a regular office over the past four months, interacting daily with my colleagues in the beautiful Tuscan hills. I also count myself lucky to have attended two conferences in person this fall
and meeting again friends and colleagues.