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March 27, 2020

Market volatility update from Wells Fargo Investment Institute

March 30, 2020: “We’re going to see some rather startling weakness in the economy,” said Paul Christopher, head of Global Market Strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute.

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What are some reasons for optimism?

Efforts from the government and private industries to combat the coronavirus are among reasons for some optimism in evaluating the volatility of the U.S. financial market. Darrell Cronk, chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, explains in this market update from March 23, 2020.

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What is the argument against going to cash?

Investors who freeze their losses by going to cash often have difficulty returning to the market. Paul Christopher, head of Global Market Strategy for the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, discussed the downside of turning investments into cash during a daily market update on March 19, 2020.

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Which sectors are showing strength?

“Most of your defensive assets have been the ones that have showed strength up to this point,” said Darrell Cronk, chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, during a daily market briefing on March 18, 2020.

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How might this affect inflation?

“Inflation is a tough conversation,” said Darrell Cronk, chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, during a daily market briefing on March 23, 2020.

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Which region is best positioned to come back more quickly?

“It’s really the region that went through it the first,” said Darrell Cronk, chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, during a daily market briefing on March 18, 2020.

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During this period of instability, how should investors approach bonds versus equities?

“The bond market is usually your stable force in these types of environments,” said Darrell Cronk, chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Wealth and Investment Management, during a daily market briefing on March 23, 2020.

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How is the value of the U.S. dollar affecting the market?

“The dollar’s strength here is a worry for the markets,” — Paul Christopher, head of Global Market Strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, explains how cash hoarding and other factors are impacting the value of the dollar in this market update from March 24, 2020.

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Do you think markets are beginning to see the bottom?

“We’ve said many times that bottoming is a process,” — Tracie McMillion, head of Global Asset Allocation Strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, discusses the economic downturn sparked by the coronavirus in this market update from March 25, 2020.

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You conducted a survey with Gallup, how are investors feeling about their investments?

“Many investors appear to be staying calm,” — Tracie McMillion, head of Global Asset Allocation Strategy for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, discusses the findings of an investor survey conducted March 17-19, 2020, in this market update from March 25, 2020.

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How would you characterize the recovery? Do you believe it will it be V-shaped?

“We would be in the camp that it will probably be more of a U-shaped recovery,” — Sameer Samana, senior global market strategist for Wells Fargo Investment Institute, discusses expectations for the U.S. economic recovery in this market update from March 26, 2020.

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