Will Covid-19 Crisis Be Short-Lived?

(Friday, March 13, 2020,  10:00 p.m. ET) — After plummeting 26.7% from its all-time record high, set just three weeks ago, the U.S. stock market soared 9.3% on Friday. Financial and economic indicators signaled that the Coronavirus crisis could be short-lived.

Forecasts for growth remained bright, according to The Wall Street Journal's monthly poll of 60 economists and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In addition, stock prices have fallen well below long-term historical valuation and return norms.

The Atlanta Fed on March 6 updated its GDPNow calculation of growth in the current quarter. Its algorithm indicates the first quarter of 2020, despite Coronavirus will grow by 3.1%. This forecast was made a week ago, before sports schedules were postponed but after the outbreak.

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This article was written by a veteran financial journalist based on data compiled and analyzed by independent economist, Fritz Meyer. While these are sources we believe to be reliable, the information is not intended to be used as financial advice without consulting a professional about your personal situation.

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