The COVID-19 crisis has moved into a challenging phase: investors are trying to assess the economic damage, while the authorities are walking a tight rope, facing a tough choice between exiting lockdowns, and recession, and possibly civil unrest, as tight restrictions are left in place. Guillermo Felices, head of research and strategy at MAQS*, discusses the dilemma and explains why being long market risk remains an appropriate stance for investors.
*MAQS – Multi-Asset, Quantitative and Solutions
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