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These Are Interesting Times

When we first heard of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) several months ago, no one could have predicted the measures that have been taken to date. As the virus spreads throughout the world, necessary precautions are being taken to limit the spread of the disease and to prevent overwhelming the health care system.

The End of the Bull Market

We are in the midst of another historic week in equity markets, which started Monday with a shock to oil prices following an unproductive weekend meeting between Saudi Arabia and Russia. Russia’s unwillingness to cut production led to Saudi Arabia flooding the market with oil and pushing oil prices down to nearly $30 a barrel. The S&P was down on Monday -7.6%, partially due to oil prices and partially reflecting ongoing concern about COVID-19.

Coronavirus Update

As the impact of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continues to spread throughout the globe, investment markets have been fraught with volatility. Since the most recent peak on February 19th, the S&P 500 is down 12.3% through last Friday, and 8.3% for the year. Historically, a drop of 10% or more is considered a market correction, and the most recent occurrence is the fastest in history, occurring in only six days. There have been 27 market corrections since World War II, with an average decline of 13.7% taking an average of four months. To say this past week was unique is an understatement.

Q4 2019 Market Commentary: A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” is a story we’re all likely familiar with. It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miser who is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future.  Whether you saw the Disney version as a child with Scrooge McDuck playing Ebenezer Scrooge and Goofy playing Jacob Marley, or perhaps a live theater re-enactment, the story should bring back memories.

Q3 2019 Market Commentary: We Are Our Own Enemy

According to an article published by the National Science Foundation in 2005, the average person has 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Approximately 80% of those thoughts are negative, and 95% repeat each day. In another study from Cornell University, scientists found that approximately 85% of what we worry about never happens.

Q2 2019 Market Commentary: Winning The Loser’s Game

Anyone who has either played sports or watched children play sports knows that valuable life lessons can come from the experience. Sports can teach teamwork, strategy, the joy of winning, the frustration of losing and, along the way,

MRA Associates Work-From-Home Policy

3/18/2020 – MRA Associates cares about the health and safety of our clients, our MRA team members and their families, and the community. As we continue to navigate this pandemic and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented a work-from-home policy.

Our firm is well prepared to continue to serve, support, and advise our clients. Team members have remote access to all systems and processes to ensure continued normal business operations. Please help us to do our part by using telephone and video conferencing for meetings with us until the threat of contagion is significantly reduced.

As your trusted financial partner, we are monitoring the current economic environment, discussing approaches to short-term challenges, and developing innovative solutions. Please know that we are available to you for all of your needs and concerns. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions.

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