Covid-19 - Are we facing a short-term shock or something worse?

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Covid-19 - Are we facing a short-term shock or something worse?

Stéphane Monier - Chief Investment Officer<br/> Lombard Odier Private Bank

Stéphane Monier

Chief Investment Officer
Lombard Odier Private Bank
Samy Chaar - Chief Economist

Samy Chaar

Chief Economist

The Covid-19 pandemic is rapidly accelerating and containment measures, to varying degrees, have spread from Asia to Europe and North America.

Economies are shutting down in their wake, causing profound global shockwaves. There is no doubt that we can expect a global recession in the first half of 2020.

The most important question is will the shock be limited to the first half of 2020?

Although, importantly, fiscal and monetary responses alongside public health measures are coming into effect. If the latter prove effective, we still expect a significant yet temporary shock followed by a recovery in the second half of the year. The most important question is will the shock be limited to the first half of 2020? If not, we cannot rule out widespread defaults and spiraling unemployment. Investors need to see that the public health measures taken are really effective in tackling the pandemic.

Investors need to see that the public health measures taken are really effective in tackling the pandemic.

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