Monday, March 09, 2020
Palisade's Chief Investment Officer Dan Veru provides a special market update on March 9, 2020.
On this historic day, I will get right to the point—I believe that one year from today (or sooner) stocks will be higher and interest rates will be much higher than the once-in-a-generation low yields we are currently experiencing. In early January, I communicated that a trade truce with China, trade deals with both Mexico and Canada, and a pathway for the United Kingdom to exit the European Union were reasons to be optimistic and growth centered in the U.S. would go global. Additionally, I mentioned that favorable U.S. corporate and individual tax policy could contribute to an improved profits picture. The Coronavirus clearly impacted my early 2020 projections, and today oil prices are plunging adding to financial market stress. However, I do believe that the ingredients remain in place for a second half 2020 recovery for the following reasons:
Though a rebounding market is important, some companies may not survive based on the duration of the current market stress. I want to assure you that protecting against permanent capital impairment is our top priority. My team and I have been working very hard the last several weeks to ensure that the companies in which we invest are well positioned for what is now a changing financial landscape. On a day when all stocks are down sharply, it is hard to see past all the negative news of Coronavirus spread and plunging oil prices as a result of a production war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. As Palisade’s investment teams revisit all our clients’ stock and bond holdings, we continually remind ourselves that the following principles always matter, but matter most in times of financial stress:
In the fourth quarter of 2018, stocks declined sharply as a result of aggressive tightening by the Federal Reserve. The subsequent dramatic “V” shaped stock market rebound coincided with lower interest rates from a rare 180-degree reversal in Federal Reserve policy. Today’s issues are very different. The Coronavirus has created substantial uncertainty on its impact to our economy and corporate profits. The unexpected energy price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia places the collateral damage squarely on the United States. There is no quick resolution to either of these issues but the combined effect of lower interest rates, lower energy prices, and the potential for fiscal stimulus programs in the U.S. and around the world sets the stage for a potential sharp rebound in the second half of 2020.
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