Market Update from Nicolet Wealth Management

Global equity markets have now entered into a bear market, which is defined as at least a 20% drawdown from the high point or peak. Fear of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the uncertainty of a potential GDP recession have driven the price of stocks and other risk assets lower.

However, investors with diversified portfolios have benefited from holding high-grade bonds and other risk control assets, which to date have generated a positive return. These types of investments continue to provide a layer of protection to portfolios in times of market volatility. Our investment portfolios combine a mix of risk assets and risk control assets, and are built with the awareness that bear markets have historically occurred about once every six years.

Market Review:

  • 2020 started with equity market valuations slightly above long-term averages
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges in China and negatively impacts the global supply chain
  • Saudi Arabia initiates an oil price war sending crude oil prices down significantly
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) quickly spreads around the world and the initial supply disruption turns into a massive demand disruption
  • Probability of a recession increases dramatically and the 11 year old bull market is quickly ended
  • US Federal Reserve lowers interest rates to zero as part of wide-ranging emergency intervention

The US economy has a strong history of overcoming adversity. Over the last 25 years, CEIC data shows that we have successfully dealt with 10 significant health scares. History would suggest after a notable uptick in reported cases, the spread of the virus will eventually slow down and people will get back to normalcy. Long-term investors should consider the following:

  • Low oil prices and Interest rates are good for consumers
  • A significant amount of demand for goods and services has simply been postponed
  • Equity market valuations are more attractive
  • Credit spreads have widened offering investors greater return potential

When short-term volatility spikes like it has recently, we maintain our disciplined long-term approach and look for opportunities to add value. If you would like to discuss your account in more detail, please contact me at your convenience.

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