The Coronavirus continues to be in the news headlines for two significant reasons. The first is the obvious health implications now that the virus has spread to multiple continents in such a rapid fashion and has entered the United States. Although more than 80% of the cases are considered to include minor to moderate symptoms, it is simply too early to predict the containment and stress on the medical community. The second is what the impact will be on the global economy that has been in late stage recovery for some time now.
Statements for February will look ugly. But in no way does short term volatility change our longer-term allocation for strategic planning. We do not plan on any seismic shifts in the portfolios at this time. The addition of fixed income we have made in your portfolios has created a cushion for downside pressure. We plan to be very selective when we do find an entry point for adding risk assets to your strategy. Typically, when the markets sell off in a violent fashion, the recovery allows for an aggressive rebound.
Our baseline case now assumes 2020 global GDP growth of approximately 2%. This is due to supply chain disruptions and pressure on consumer spending and travel. Our research partners are still anticipating a strong recovery in the second half of the year if Coronavirus containment can occur prior to the 1st quarter finish. We continue to take a neutral position of equities to fixed income and are looking closely at adding opportunities for predictable income.
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