March 2020 - Pandemic, panic and return potential
The world is seemingly on the brink of a pandemic panic. A situation has emerged in which there is now an increased risk that things may spiral out of control and we may end up with most of the world’s countries in economic recession. As often before, markets have anticipated the flow of news concerning the severity of the escalation of coronavirus and global equities have experienced an almost instantaneous collapse and a sell-off of a speed and magnitude not seen since the great financial crises of 2008-09. Approximately two weeks ago, S&P 500 was at an all-time high. The question from now on is how world leaders will react to avoid further panic and the disruption of production, supply chains and consumption. From our point of view, the key question now is how to position our strategies to protect and grow asset value during the more turbulent times ahead. In this month’s publication, we will thus provide an update on how our algorithms react in times like this and the impact on our strategies and funds.
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