Prior to this week, markets had been extremely resilient to potential areas of concern, from
the US military action in Iran, to the initial stages of the virus itself, all being put on the back
burner in favor of ever expanding market multiples. This downward move has been of
significant magnitude, swift in its velocity, and painful in its impact. However, the impact on
realized returns must be put in appropriate context. Having the appropriate timeframe, not
just determining the appropriate asset allocation, but also in making an assessment on
performance, is important for framing the current market environment. The below chart
shows the S&P 500 across three timeframes, the last week, year to date, and the last year.
Please remember that past performance is no guarantee of future results.