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Investment Commentary

New World Order

By Brian Andrew, Ron Alberts and Jason Herried | Johnson Financial Group • March 06, 2020

1 minute read time

Concerns over slower global economic growth due to the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have led to a precipitous decline in stock prices and bond yields. Many are relating the stock market decline to the potential severity of an economic slowdown, concluding that a global recession is in the offing.

While it may be too early to make that assumption, Johnson Financial Group’s Brian Andrew, Ron Alberts and Jason Herried discuss our current economic state, including the following considerations:

  • Stock volatility may remain high
  • Interest rates are making record lows
  • Economic growth expected to be slower in Q1 and Q2
  • Consider complementing traditional investments
  • Financial plans and portfolios are designed for this type of environment – stay the course!

by Brian Andrew

As Chief Investment Officer, Brian Andrew leads Johnson Financial Group's investment strategy to provide consistent, actionable investment solutions for our clients.


by Ron Alberts

As SVP Director of Fixed Income Strategies Group and Portfolio Manager, Ron manages client portfolios, leads the fixed income team, and is a member of the company's Investment Committee.


by Jason Herried

As Senior Vice President, Director of Equity Strategy and Wealth Portfolio Manager, Jason develops and builds customized portfolio strategies for our individual, institutional and non–profit clients. This includes investment policy review and development, portfolio construction, manager and security selection and performance reporting. Jason also serves as a member of the firm's Investment Committee and leads the Equity Strategy Group.


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