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Policy support to the rescue?

Global market volatility has risen following the coronavirus outbreak
25 February 2020
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    Key takeaways:

    • Global market volatility has risen following the coronavirus outbreak
    • In our view, the outbreak will deliver a short term, but sharp, setback to China’s growth
    • However, policy easing is likely to help cushion the blow to the global economy and financial markets
    • A strong and relatively insulated US economy is another reason to remain positive
    • The big lesson from 2019 is that even if uncertainty is elevated and the outlook appears “difficult”, we should not automatically adopt a cautious investment strategy
    • Nevertheless, it will be important to monitor corporate earnings data, and we also acknowledge there are limits to what policy support can achieve

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