It has been comforting to me, and I think to our clients, that during the Coronavirus crisis the Retirement and Financial Plans we worked on in prior months and years showed what their real financial position is instead of focusing on only short-term market moves. However, even well-conceived plans encounter challenges when circumstances change in an unexpected way.
The 24-Hour News Cycle moves from Impeachment to COVID-19 to the Primaries – What’s next?
In recent weeks, we’ve seen several major stories in the news. On the political front, in addition to the arrival of the presidential election through the 2020 caucuses and primaries, we have just experienced the third presidential impeachment in American history. In international news, the latest coronavirus outbreak has hit China, now referred to as COVID-19, leading to closed borders and heightened screening at hospitals worldwide.1
In case you didn’t notice, 2019 was a year to remember for financial markets.
The nature of our economy could help it withstand the disruption.
A trade war does seem to be getting underway. Investors around the world see headwinds arising from newly enacted and planned tariffs, headwinds that could potentially exert a drag on global growth (and stock markets). How badly could these trade disputes hurt the American economy? Perhaps not as dramatically as some journalists and analysts warn.1,2
We are certainly living in interesting times. Let’s very briefly explore some of the topics that have caused market anxiety this year.