This is going to take time. Sorry to have to say it, but patience will be required and undoubtedly tested. By far the best thing that central banks can do is keep the global financial and funding markets functioning and not especially worry about whether the stock market, within some reason, has a good or bad day. We need to keep our eye on the ball. Unfortunately, the reality is that, until the virus starts to visibly recede, the best we should plan for is getting by as best we can.
The worst mistake that was made up until now was trying to pretend that it was business as usual.
I was reading through my emails and IBs this morning and was really surprised how many people essentially asked whether I thought the Fed‘s move over the weekend would “solve” the problem. What an extraordinary example of how we have been conditioned. The Fed can’t fix this. They can just help us get through it. It also was striking, how few people brought up the coordinated actions by multiple central banks. This is a global problem. The Fed isn’t in this alone. To think that way, misses the whole point. And, not to beat a dead horse, there will have to be some action on the fiscal policy side. We’ve seen that global monetary policy can be somewhat synchronized. Now we will see if the politicians can do the same.
One thing you can be sure of is that trying to trade these markets is unlikely to be easy. Equities will most likely be heavy. They should be.
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