Yesterday’s move confirms that caution is warranted
Global stocks fell sharply yesterday, with the S&P 500 closing 4.4% lower. Despite some encouraging signs, neither the coronavirus outbreak or the impact it is having on the global economy have been contained yet. The VIX index rose to 57 and remains extremely elevated, just like many other measures of market risk. The automatic rebalancing of long-term investors like pension funds is likely coming to an end, reducing investor demand. Yesterday’s move was a clear reminder that equities currently represent a two-way risk (more on this tomorrow in our Monthly Outlook) and that caution is warranted.
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