As of this writing, it appears that we have over 1000 cases of COVID-19 in the United States with deaths rising to 31 individuals.
First, the most important thing for us is the safety of our clients and our team. We are regularly disinfecting our offices and if we did need to close our offices, our team is prepared to continue to provide the high-quality service you deserve remotely. For our clients that cannot meet us in person, we are readily making conference calls available to them.
From an investment perspective:
Finally, I am proud of the work our team is doing during this time of uncertainty. We have taken similar institutional approach to help our clients navigate through many epidemics and market turmoil over the past 45 years. Below is a chart of how S&P 500 (broad US Market) has responded to prior epidemics. Past performance is no indication of future results, but on average market has appreciated 8.8% and 13.6% respectively after 6 months and 12 months after the start of prior epidemics.
COVID-19 may be different, but we will continue to make sound financial decisions on your behalf every step of the way.
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