During this stressful time, we know that your health and safety, and the wellbeing of your family and friends, is your number one priority. Like all previous crises, we will recover a stronger nation. However, as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic accelerates domestically and the U.S. economy, the strongest and largest on earth, has come to a grinding halt, many of our fellow citizens are significantly impacted. We are almost certainly in a recession, but the government response is of a size and scale that has never been seen before, even during the 2008 financial crisis. I am confident that the economy will endure and a three- to six-month bottoming process for stocks and corporate bonds has likely begun.
As mentioned in our prior updates, all Palisade team members have the capability and tools to work from home for extended periods of time without any disruption to our investment management operations or your client experience. In fact, every Palisade employee has worked remotely for at least a portion of the past three weeks while our office technically remained open.
Anxiety and fear are running high across the board, and with good reason, as the world is simultaneously dealing with two of the most sensitive topics for individuals: health and finances. We understand your concerns and want to once again reassure you that Palisade is operating smoothly during this difficult period.