Various income support for individuals measures have been introduced so as to provide a ‘safety net’ for individuals who are financially impacted by the Coronavirus.
Coronavirus fears drove losses across equity markets and sparked a flight to defensive assets over February. Global equity markets reached fresh highs in mid February, then sold off sharply alongside other risky assets shortly thereafter. The sell-off in markets stem from investor concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, with an acceleration in reported cases outside mainland China, specifically in Italy, Iran and South Korea and the ramifications on global economic growth.
Market fluctuations often occur and short-term uncertainty is common. Over the long term, investment portfolios that are sensibly put together seek to deliver on long-term objectives.
Share markets fell last week with the Australian market experiencing one of its worst weeks since August 2011 (when people thought the EU would break up). Negative returns in any given period can happen in the share market with this week standing out for its severity. However, we also see historically shares have lost value in approximately 22 weeks out every 52 weeks since 1980. It is not a rare thing to see in the share market.
Financial markets by their nature are volatile. However, the more worrying time for investors is during periods of high volatility when prices move rapidly and unpredictably.
Market volatility can be a curse or a blessing. It all depends on how ready you are to deal with it.
What do we know so far? Since late December 2019 a new coronavirus strain, the 2019-nCov virus, began to emerge from Wuhan, China. The outbreak has been predominantly focused in China with a total of 20,624 confirmed cases and 427 deaths reported, but the number is growing each day. Outside of China there have been…
Global shares closed out the month with losses after reaching fresh highs in mid January 2020. Market sentiment has deteriorated since the coronavirus outbreak in mid January and its potential impacts. Emerging Markets suffered, specifically Latin America and China lagged in anticipation of economic growth fallout. Whilst UK and Japanese share markets fell, US shares…