The Coronavirus Impact

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The spread of the COVID-19 virus throughout the world is a shock that has significant impact on people's lives as well as economies and markets. Explore research on how we are assessing the impact of this event, as well as how we handle this or other such shocks in our investment process.
July 9, 2020
Greg Jensen, Mark Dinner, Melissa Saphier, Riley Edmunds
The rapid policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an unprecedented speed of asset reflation. What took almost two years to achieve during the 2008 financial crash and almost four years during the Great Depression has unfolded in only one month during the current crisis. Co-CIO Greg Jensen and members of our research team explore the unique lengths and the potential limits of policy makers’ efforts to stimulate the economy.
May 28, 2020
Greg Jensen, Jason Rogers
The economic downturn and policy response resulting from the COVID-19 shutdowns are different than in past recessions, as a collapse in income, rather than credit, drove the collapse in spending. Co-CIO Greg Jensen and Jason Rogers from our research team examine the holes that this has created in the real economy and asset markets as well as the challenges policy makers are likely to face when filling them.
April 23, 2020
Bob Prince, Jim Haskel
In conversation with Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel, Co-CIO Bob Prince examines the forces COVID-19 unleashed on the economy, the measures that will be required to restart the flywheel between income and spending, and the range of ways the shock is impacting different countries, sectors, and companies.
April 27, 2020
Greg Jensen, Jason Rotenberg, Matthew Karasz, Kate Dunbar
The coronavirus will have meaningful implications for economic activity and the range of possible outcomes is almost unimaginably wide. Co-CIO Greg Jensen and our research team consider the range of plausible economic outcomes and how Bridgewater is taking that range of outcomes into account.
April 6, 2020
Greg Jensen, Erin Miles, Gardner Davis, Nassim Fedel, William Brantley, Naim El-Far
In our continued efforts to measure the financial impact of the coronavirus, we estimate that corporate losses could result in a $20 trillion global ripple effect — a hit that will be felt from incomes and household balance sheets to central banks and governments. Co-CIO Greg Jensen and our research team explore the scale of the holes, and how managing them will impact economic conditions and markets going forward.
March 30, 2020
Greg Jensen, Jason Rogers
At Bridgewater, we have been describing an impending paradigm shift in economies and markets as the forces that drove the environment over the last decade have reached their limits. Co-CIO Greg Jensen and Jason Rogers from our research team examine how the shock of the coronavirus has accelerated a shift that we expected would unfold much more gradually over time.
February 26, 2020
With the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Senior Portfolio Strategist Jim Haskel sat down with Chief Security Officer Richard Falkenrath and Co-CIO Greg Jensen to discuss what we currently know about the coronavirus, how it compares to disease outbreaks over the last century, and its potential impact on economies and markets.
February 3, 2020
Richard Falkenrath, Jason Rotenberg, Matthew Karasz, Philip Clark
A few weeks ago, most of us had never heard of a “coronavirus” — much less “2019-nCoV,” the precise term for the seventh known strain of coronavirus, which first appeared in humans late last year in Wuhan, China. Now, barely a month since it was first reported, the new virus has seized the attention of the world. It has infected thousands of people, disrupted the lives of hundreds of millions, and become a major market driver. And the outbreak appears to be accelerating.
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