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Top of Mind: Meditations in an Emergency

Second Quarter 2020 
Adam Berger, CFA

In the current environment, what’s “top of mind” seems to be changing week to week, if not day to day.

Insight from our sub-adviser, Wellington Management
Adam Berger, CFA
Multi-Asset Strategist


My goal in this note (with a title borrowed from a Frank O’Hara poem) is to attempt to bring a little perspective to the economic and financial impact of the coronavirus. Specifically, I outline possible scenarios for the disease and the markets, offer thoughts and lessons learned on market volatility, and provide a decision framework for the near and longer term. I’ll also touch briefly on two lingering investment issues: the underperformance of non-US stocks relative to US stocks and value stocks relative to growth stocks.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal. 

The views expressed herein are those of Wellington Management, are for informational purposes only, and are subject to change based on prevailing market, economic, and other conditions. The views expressed may not reflect the opinions of Hartford Funds or any other sub-adviser to our funds. They should not be construed as research or investment advice nor should they be considered an offer or solicitation to buy or sell any security. This information is current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Wellington Management or Hartford Funds.


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