3 Strategies to Protect Against the Market Volatility caused by the Coronavirus Outbreak | Berry’s Bites

Many thought 2020 would be a volatile year with market volatility. Most people were looking to the run since 2008 plus a presidential election. Instead, Coronavirus!

3 Strategies to Protect Against the Market Volatility caused by the Coronavirus Outbreak

Pretty scary out there in terms of the markets, a lot of people have seen the downturn the markets have had with all the volatility people are experiencing right now. Downturn about 20%. And for a lot of clients, we were talking about volatility this year, 2020, we were thinking more along the lines of it being a presidential election year and the fact that we’ve been on a bull run for about 12 years. No one thought it was the coronavirus was going to take everything down. But for the clients that have a plan, and that’s really the most important thing is you need to have a plan, and there’s different ways that we can attack volatility through diversification of types of assets. So there are certain assets that have downside protection, things like fixed index annuities, as well as index universal life. If the market goes down, you don’t lose anything.

Then there’s certain strategies that we use to attack volatility. Where we look at doing what’s called an investment audit, figure out how much risk is in the portfolio versus how much risk are you willing to take on, and we can run some simulations to say, “Okay, based on how much risk you’re willing to take, we sign a risk score on a scale of one to a hundred.” Think of it like a speed limit, the higher the number, the faster you’re going, the more risk you’re taking on, but more of a chance of a wipe out. The lower the score, think of that as driving in a school zone. Chances are you’re going to get there, but it’s going to take you awhile. So we can assign a risk score to your portfolio and then we can sign a risk score to how much risk you’re willing to take on. And if there’s a disconnect there, then we need to look at maybe making some adjustments inside of your portfolio. So that’s another way that we can address risk.

A third way is through time horizons. So breaking up the assets or investments in certain buckets based on time horizon, having a now bucket, a soon bucket, and a later bucket. With the later bucket, the most aggressive. And then we have a soon bucket that buys us a time horizon between that now and that later bucket.

So those are three ways that we can look at addressing risk in this volatile times. One is through the types of investments we use, where now we might look at things that have downside protection, CDs, multi-year guaranteed annuities, fixed index annuities, index universal life. Second, making sure that the money that we do have in the market is invested in such a way we’re comfortable figuring out what that risk score is. And then third, looking at time horizons and strategies on how to protect against that volatility. So those are the three ways that in this volatile market that we can address risk. And if you do have questions or want us to analyze your portfolio, then just reach out to us, give us a call. Look forward to helping you.

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