Investments: Recent Impact of Coronavirus to Markets 

Talking points on the recent impact of Coronavirus to markets 

Global markets have reacted negatively after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia due to the coronavirus called COVID-19. That sell-off accelerated after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned it was likely the outbreak would evolve into a pandemic that could cause “severe” disruptions to daily life in the US. The S&P 500 dropped 3 percent, bringing its losses to 8 percent since hitting a record high last Wednesday. (1)

Key Takeaways 

So far this year, the VIX (an index that measures expected swings in the S&P 500 index over the next 30 days, and is a closely watched gauge of market sentiment) has risen 70 percent as market participants have learned about the implications and scale of the coronavirus, causing many to rethink projections about the broader economic consequences. (2)

Top of mind concerns include: 

  • Uncertainty over how far and fast the virus will spread, and the consequences of it doing so upon the economies of countries hit by it. 
  • Supply chain concerns and just-in-time logistics so prevalent among US companies reliant upon manufacturing in Asia which has slowed down significantly, or outright halted in the first quarter. 
  • Concerns spilling over to consumer confidence impacting household spending, which is a major contributor to the economy 

Recommended Response 

At times like these, people may struggle to separate their emotions from their investment decisions, but at this stage, making an informed judgment about the full impact of the coronavirus on the global economy isn’t possible. 

We know from historical observation that news travels quickly and prices can adjust in ways that can make for an uncomfortable ride for investors. However, we also have observed that while markets have responded to historical crises with both ups and downs, market participants who can look past the immediacy of current events have been rewarded for their patience and perseverance (see chart below). 

We at Symmetry believe:

  • Broad diversification is the best antidote to risk that could manifest in any particular economy. 
  • Investors should make sure the equity to fixed ratio of their portfolio is appropriate for their willingness and ability to take risks. 

We will of course continue to monitor the situation, while staying focused on our investment discipline which has served our investors so well over the past 25+ years. 

(1) Georgiadis, P. “Stock sell-off pauses even as coronavirus concerns mount”. Financial Times, 2/26/2020 

(2) Stafford, P. “Coronavirus and politics wake up sleepy markets”. Financial Times, 2/25/2020 

Talking Points on the Recent impact of Coronavirus to Markets 

In US dollars. 

Source: Dimensional Fund Advisors LP 

Represents cumulative total returns of a balanced strategy invested on the first day of the following calendar month of the event noted. Balanced Strategy: 12% S&P 500 Index, 12% Dimensional US Large Cap Value Index, 6% Dow Jones US Select REIT Index, 6% Dimensional International Value Index, 6% Dimensional US Small Cap Index, 6% Dimensional US Small Cap Value Index, 3% Dimensional International Small Cap Index, 3% Dimensional International Small Cap Value Index, 2.4% Dimensional Emerging Markets Small Index, 1.8% Dimensional Emerging Markets Value Index, 1.8% Dimensional Emerging Markets Index, 10% Bloomberg Barclays Treasury Bond Index 1-5 Years, 10% FTSE World Government Bond Index 1-5 Years (hedged), 10% FTSE World Government Bond Index 1-3 Years (hedged), 10% ICE BofA 1-Year US Treasury Note Index. Assumes monthly rebalancing. For illustrative purposes only. S&P and Dow Jones data © 2019 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved. ICE BofA index data © 2019 ICE Data Indices, LLC. FTSE fixed income indices © 2019 FTSE Fixed Income LLC. All rights reserved. Bloomberg Barclays data provided by Bloomberg. Dimensional indices use CRSP and Compustat data. 

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In US dollars. 

Source: Dimensional Fund Advisors LP 

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Declines are defined as months ending with the market below the previous market high by at least 10%. Annualized compound returns are computed for the relevant time periods after each decline observed and averaged across all declines for the cutoff. There were 1,127 observation months in the sample. January 1990–present: S&P 500 Total Returns Index. S&P data © 2020 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved. January 1926–December 1989; S&P 500 Total Return Index, Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation YearbookTM, Ibbotson Associates, Chicago. For illustrative purposes only. Index is not available for direct investment; therefore, its performance does not reflect the expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio. There is always a risk that an investor may lose money. 

Please see important disclosure for index definitions and limitations to index performance. 

In US dollars. 

Source: Dimensional Fund Advisors LP 

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S&P 500 Index represents the 500 leading U.S. companies, approximately 3,000 common equities listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange. 

MSCI World Index captures large and mid cap representation across 23 developed markets (DM) countries. With 1,644 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country. 

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There is no guarantee investment strategies will be successful. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal. 

The model’s performance does not reflect advisory fees or other expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio. There are limitations inherent in model allocations. In particular, model performance may not reflect the impact that economic and market factors may have had on the advisor’s decision making if the advisor were actually managing client money. The balanced strategies are not recommendations for an actual allocation. 

International Value represented by Fama/French International Value Index for 1975–1993. Emerging Markets represented by MSCI Emerging Markets Index (gross dividends) for 1988–1993. Emerging Markets weighting allocated evenly between International Small Cap and International Value prior to January 1988 data inception. Emerging Markets Small Cap represented by Fama/French Emerging Markets Small Cap Index for 1989–1993. Emerging Markets Value and Small Cap weighting allocated evenly between International Small Cap and International Value prior to January 1989 data inception. Two-Year Global weighting allocated to One-Year prior to January 1990 data inception. Five-Year Global weighting allocated to Five-Year Government prior to January 1990 data inception. 

Dimensional US Large Cap Value Index is compiled by Dimensional from CRSP and Compustat data. The index targets securities of US companies traded on the NYSE, NYSE MKT (formerly AMEX), and Nasdaq Global Market with market capitalizations above the 1,000th-largest company whose relative price is in the bottom 30% of the Dimensional US Large Cap Index after the exclusion of utilities, companies lacking financial data, and companies with negative relative price. The index emphasizes securities with higher profitability, lower relative price, and lower market capitalization. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: non-US companies, REITs, UITs, and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to March 2007. The calculation methodology was amended in January 2014 to include profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. 

Dimensional US Small Cap Index is compiled by Dimensional from CRSP and Compustat data. Targets securities of US companies traded on the NYSE, NYSE MKT (formerly AMEX), and Nasdaq Global Market whose market capitalization falls in the lowest 8% of the total market capitalization of the eligible market. The index emphasizes companies with higher profitability. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: non-US companies, REITs, UITs, and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional Fund Advisors and did not exist prior to March 2007. The calculation methodology was amended in January 2014 to include profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. 

Dimensional US Small Cap Value Index is compiled by Dimensional from CRSP and Compustat data. Targets securities of US companies traded on the NYSE, NYSE MKT (formerly AMEX), and Nasdaq Global Market whose relative price is in the bottom 35% of the Dimensional US Small Cap Index after the exclusion of utilities, companies lacking financial data, and companies with negative relative price. The index emphasizes securities Sources and Descriptions of Data with higher profitability, lower relative price, and lower market capitalization. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: non-US companies, REITs, UITs, and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to March 2007. The calculation methodology for the Dimensional US Small Cap Value Index was amended in January 2014 to include direct profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. 

Dimensional International Marketwide Value Index is compiled by Dimensional from Bloomberg securities data. The index consists of companies whose relative price is in the bottom 33% of their country’s companies after the exclusion of utilities and companies with either negative or missing relative price data. The index emphasizes companies with smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability. The index also excludes those companies with the lowest profitability and highest relative price within their country’s value universe. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: REITs and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to April 2008. The calculation methodology for the Dimensional International Marketwide Value Index was amended in January 2014 to include direct profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. 

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The Dimensional Indices have been retrospectively calculated by Dimensional Fund Advisors LP and did not exist prior to their index inceptions dates. Accordingly, results shown during the periods prior to each Index’s index inception date do not represent actual returns of the Index. Other periods selected may have different results, including losses. The model’s performance does not reflect advisory fees or other expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio. There are limitations inherent in model allocations. In particular, model performance may not reflect the impact that economic and market factors may have had on the advisor’s decision making if the advisor were actually managing client money. The balanced strategies are not recommendations for an actual allocation. 

Balanced Strategy Disclosure and Index Descriptions 

Dimensional International Small Cap Index (January 1990–present): The index is compiled by Dimensional from Bloomberg securities data. Market-capitalization-weighted index of small company securities in the eligible markets excluding those with the lowest profitability and highest relative price within the small cap universe. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: REITs and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to April 2008. The calculation methodology for the Dimensional International Small Cap Index was amended in January 2014 to include direct profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. July 1981–1989: Created by Dimensional, the index includes securities of MSCI EAFE countries in the bottom 10% of market capitalization excluding the bottom 1%. All securities are market capitalization weighted. Each country is capped at 50%; rebalanced semiannually. 

Dimensional International Small Cap Value Index (January 1990–present): The index is defined as companies whose relative price is in the bottom 35% of their country’s respective constituents in the Dimensional International Small Cap Index after the exclusion of utilities and companies with either negative or missing relative price data. The index also excludes those companies with the lowest profitability within their country’s small value universe. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: REITs and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to April 2008. The calculation methodology for the Dimensional International Small Cap Value Index was amended in January 2014 to include direct profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. Prior to January 1990: Created by Dimensional, the index includes securities of MSCI EAFE countries in the top 30% of book-to- market by market capitalization conditional on the securities being in the bottom 10% of market capitalization, excluding the bottom 1%. All securities are market-capitalization weighted. Each country is capped at 50%; rebalanced semiannually. 

Dimensional Emerging Markets Index is compiled by Dimensional from Bloomberg securities data. Market-capitalization-weighted index of all securities in the eligible markets. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to April 2008. Exclusions: REITs and Investment Companies. 

Dimensional Emerging Markets Small Cap Index (January 1994–present): The index is compiled by Dimensional from Bloomberg securities data. The index is a market-capitalization-weighted index of small company securities in the eligible markets excluding those with the lowest profitability and highest relative price within the small cap universe. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: REITs and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to April 2008. The calculation methodology for the Dimensional Emerging Markets Small Index was amended in January 2014 to include profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. Prior to January 1994: Fama/French Emerging Markets Small Cap Index. 

Dimensional Emerging Markets Value Index (January 1994–present): The index is compiled by Dimensional from Bloomberg securities data. The index consists of companies whose relative price is in the bottom 33% of their country’s companies after the exclusion of utilities and companies with either negative or missing relative price data. The index emphasizes companies with smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability. The index also excludes those companies with the lowest profitability and highest relative price within their country’s value universe. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Exclusions: REITs and investment companies. The index has been retroactively calculated by Dimensional and did not exist prior to April 2008. The calculation methodology for the Dimensional Emerging Markets Value Index was amended in January 2014 to include profitability as a factor in selecting securities for inclusion in the index. Prior to January 1994: Fama/French Emerging Markets Value Index. 

Information provided by Dimensional Fund Advisors LP. 

The Dimensional Indices have been retrospectively calculated by Dimensional Fund Advisors LP and did not exist prior to their index inceptions dates. Accordingly, results shown during the periods prior to each Index’s index inception date do not represent actual returns of the Index. Other periods selected may have different results, including losses. The model’s performance does not reflect advisory fees or other expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio. There are limitations inherent in model allocations. In particular, model performance may not reflect the impact that economic and market factors may have had on the advisor’s decision making if the advisor were actually managing client money. The balanced strategies are not recommendations for an actual allocation. 

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Article Credit: Symmetry Partners | February 2020