Outlook highlights five secular changes from the pandemic
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) today released its “2020 Midyear Outlook: Recession, Recovery and Resilience,” calling for a deep but short recession and a gradual U.S. economic recovery beginning in the second half of 2020. The report provides insights about the global economy, equities, fixed income, real assets, and alternative investments. In addition, WFII extends its economic and market forecasts and risks for the rest of the year and through 2021.
“The current economic recession is historic for its depth, but governments are responding proportionately and with speed and growing global coordination. Nonetheless, these jarring events will impact portfolios far into the future,” said Darrell Cronk, president of WFII and chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management. “The task of our Midyear Outlook report is to examine the contours of change and how we believe investors should adapt.”
WFII expects low interest rates, low inflation, and U.S. equity outperformance among global equity markets, especially in large- and mid-cap equities. The S&P 500 Index target range is 3,150 – 3,350 for year-end 2020 and 3,400 – 3,600 for year-end 2021. The report also points out risks to the forecasts, such as a new surge in COVID-19 infections, and the weight of the accumulated bankruptcies and unemployment.
“Many risks and opportunities will arise. Therefore, it is important to maintain a temperament of resilience and flexibility,” Cronk said.
The report outlines five main themes that are already changing how investable markets interact with the economy. Investors should consider the following in the next three to five years:
- Consumption patterns are likely to change.
- Businesses will reassess how to add flexibility while maintaining efficiency.
- The pandemic is likely to intensify existing stresses globally.
- Government influence in the economy will increase — for better or worse.
- Health care will play an increasingly prominent role in the future.
“We believe the pandemic will likely affect the path and speed of the recovery in the coming 12 to 18 months,” said Tracie McMillion, head of global asset allocation strategy for WFII. “Investors should consider adapting their portfolios to those five secular changes from the pandemic.”
Download “2020 Midyear Outlook: Recession, Recovery and Resilience” and watch a Wells Fargo Stories video about what’s ahead for the markets through 2021.
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