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Ok so by now you know we’re in a crisis and in unchartered territories. The amount of market panic we’re seeing now rivals and is possibly worse than the financial crisis of 2008. I’m not sure many people saw this coming but the Coronavirus along with other factors have so far shaved approximately 30% off the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500. The 12-year bull market has ended and we are officially in a bear market. Fear has gripped the world and with most businesses closing and government mandated restrictions, this is wrecking havoc on world economies and stock markets.
So what does this all mean? With the abrupt economic shutdown we are likely looking at a mild recession at the minimum, and depending on how the next month plays out will determine the severity of the economic damage. There is a snowball effect this causes which ultimately will affect us all financially. Sure airline tickets are dirt cheap but that is not healthy for our economy. The travel industry, entertainment, retailers and small businesses in general are going to take the biggest hit and just about every sector of business will suffer. For the short term grocery stores, Amazon, and similar companies will do well. If we can see a leveling off and decline of new Coronavirus cases we could see a quick recovery as there would be pent-up demand for products and services (with an extremely low unemployment rate). For now this is different from the financial crisis as that was a period of sustained high unemployment accompanied with a lengthy recession.
I have been saying over the last year or so that we were in a late cycle bull market. Now that the stock market is considerably down, if you’re not investing already you may want to seriously think about opening a brokerage account and getting started. If you have a 401k or other type of retirement account you should definitely stay the course and continue buying and averaging in at lower prices.
Here is a look at the technicals of the stock market. The S&P 500 topped out in February at 3,393. It closed today at 2,386, most likely the fastest 30% fall ever. Today was also the largest point fall ever and the largest one-day percentage drop since the Black Monday crash of 1987. No one knows where this will stop but somewhere between an S&P 1,700 – 2,030 is not out of the question. I would prefer today to be the bottom so God we need you to step in and work this out, in Jesus name! Lol. At any rate this is presenting a huge opportunity for long-term investors so I hope this encourages someone like the financial crisis moved me some 12 years ago.
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