Third Quarter Review of Asset Allocation: Risks and Opportunities

October 27, 2020 | Greg Leonberger, FSA, EA, MAAA, Director of Research, Managing Partner

The third quarter of 2020 featured a major rebound in economic data amid an intense battle for the presidency and an uncertain future for COVID-19 cases as some states are seeing higher positivity rates. GDP growth for the quarter is expected to come in at +35.2% YoY, higher than analyst expectations, which helped to propel equity markets higher during the quarter. In addition, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.9% but is expected to remain elevated until additional clarity regarding COVID-19 becomes available. Below are some highlights from the quarter:

  • Biden is favored over Trump in the election race, as mail-in ballots and virtual town halls instead of debates have proven that this election will be unlike any before it.
  • The country has widely reopened, though concerns in some larger states of increased positivity rates have caused some rollbacks ahead of the winter season.
  • A vaccine is in the works and anticipated to be ready by April 2021, with widespread vaccinations likely around mid-2021.
  • Schools have moved to a hybrid model of in-person and online classes, causing logistical problems for parents as many balance jobs and at-home learning.

The election is sure to bring additional volatility through the end of the year. Biden and Trump have vastly different tax plans and a Democratic sweep could drive a sell-off in equity markets. Economic data is still pending through 3Q, though most forecasts show large rebounds in data as states reopened from COVID-19 closures. Big questions regarding vaccines and if the winter will see a resurgence in coronavirus cases remain. We analyze what all of this means for each asset class in the remainder of this newsletter.

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The opinions expressed herein are those of Marquette Associates, Inc. (“Marquette”), and are subject to change without notice. This material is not financial advice or an offer to purchase or sell any product. Marquette reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs.

Greg Leonberger, FSA, EA, MAAA
Director of Research, Managing Partner

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