Q3 starts off at a weaker place than any quarter since WWII as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but with reopening has come optimism. There are important supports for our nascent recovery that could fuel a strong rebound in Q3. However, our economy also faces significant challenges that could intensify and impact growth later in 2020. Investors will need to navigate a vastly altered landscape of sky-high equity market valuations, continued uncertainty about the economic recovery and shrinking options to find income.
- Reopening has spurred hope that the worst economic news is in the rearview mirror.
- Lingering high unemployment could erode resilient consumer confidence.
- Acute volatility could return, driven by looming uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.