Coronavirus and the Markets Resource Center

Coronavirus and the Markets Resource Center

A Bull Within a Bear Market? (3/31/2020)

The government’s sweeping $2 trillion stimulus package last week came as a welcome relief to the market. The far-reaching legislation includes tax refund checks, expanded unemployment aid, loans for large and small businesses, and funding for the nation’s health-care system, among other efforts aimed at staunching the economic bleeding. It comes on the heels of massive pushes by the Federal Reserve to shore of up the nation’s financial system. Read More

Market Volatility and Managed Accounts (3/31/2020)

Jason Clark, Senior Financial Planning Manager, addresses concerns about market volatility for participants enrolled in ICMA-RC's Managed Accounts service. View Video

The Vantagepoint View – First Quarter 2020 Video (3/27/2020)

Matthew Brenner, CFA®, Managing Vice President, Investments discusses the recent market volatility, as well as the Vantagepoint Investment Team’s longer-term outlook for the stock and bond markets. View Video

Investing in Volatile Times (3/27/2020)

Although market’s recent moves have been dominating the headlines and it can feel like doing something is better than doing nothing, when investing for the long-term, it’s often worth stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture. View Presentation

Recent Market Gains and the Road Ahead (3/26/2020)

This week saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average log the biggest one-day increase in its history on Tuesday, followed by another gain on Wednesday. That marked the first time since the market's ferocious sell-off began that it's scored two days of back-to-back increases. Meanwhile, the broader S&P 500 followed a path similar to the Dow. Those market gains stemmed from the fact that the nation's two major political parties appeared to have come to an agreement on a stimulus deal that is roughly double the dollar amount that was originally anticipated. Read More

Market Volatility and the Stimulus Package (3/23/2020)

Despite the Federal Reserve’s (the Fed’s) recent herculean efforts to calm the waters, the markets remained volatile during Monday’s trading session. We believe that’s largely due to the fact that Congress’ coronavirus (COVID-19)-inspired stimulus package is still being hashed out, as of the current writing. Read More

The "Why" of the Fed’s Actions (3/20/2020)

Over the last few decades, with each appearance of a new virus or pathogen, the medical community’s concerns often focus primarily on the means of transmission and the new disease’s impact on the people it infects. A secondary concern is whether the virus will mutate, rendering any tools initially developed to fight it — such as vaccinations or treatments — ineffective. Read More

The Fed, Coronavirus, and the Markets (3/18/2020)

The market's recent coronavirus-inspired slide has come with a ferocity and quickness that surpasses anything in the collective memory of most market participants. Similarly, the Federal Reserve's latest efforts to try to stem the financial and economic fallout that may grow from it haven't been seen since the darkest days of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. In this piece, we'll take a closer look at the Fed's latest actions and what it may mean for the markets going forward. Read More

Coronavirus and the Markets: Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts and Considerations (3/16/2020)

The worrying global spread of the coronavirus infections and the failure of the alliance of OPEC and 10 non-OPEC members led by Russia to agree on a unified position in recent weeks have sent stock and oil prices sliding with a quickness and velocity not seen since the 2007-2008 financial crisis. However, in terms of investing and saving for retirement, we believe it's important to distinguish between short-term and long-term potential impacts. Read More

Control What You Can

Your retirement savings plan is meant to be a long-term investment. A sound approach is to remember that market fluctuations are normal and that staying the course may produce greater returns in the long run. Try focusing on what is within your control, like saving more. Learn more about market volatility in this short presentation.

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