March 26, 2020—The stock market’s precipitous drop has wreaked havoc on portfolios, wiping three years of gains from the U.S. stock market in a matter of days. What we have experienced puts us in uncharted waters: a combination of one of the fastest declines in equity market history, the most abrupt and wholesale halting of economic activity ever, and the most rapid deployment of monetary stimulus we’ve ever seen.
March 23, 2020—It’s been a bruising few weeks in financial markets, with virtually no asset class left unscathed. Investment-grade municipal bonds—typically thought of as a safe haven that should help weather volatility in riskier asset classes like equities—have seen a significant amount of volatility. We have taken note of a historic buying opportunity within the municipal bond market, and we have adjusted our portfolio allocations to take advantage of any price dislocations.
March 10, 2020—The stock market and economic outlooks are changing rapidly. Over the past few days we have witnessed several developments that led us to downgrade our outlook for the economy and markets and moved a 2020 recession into our base case. However, with hysteria evident everywhere from the floor of the NY Stock Exchange to the toilet paper aisle of Costco, we would encourage clients not to panic.