Saturday, March 28, 2020

Handicapping the odds of a V-shaped recovery

Last week's stock market rally appears to be based on the hopes of a V-shaped economic recovery, powered by the combination of all-in monetary stimulus, and fiscal stimulus, as evidenced by a $2 trillion bill passed in Congress. Street consensus is now a V-shaped rebound, with a trough in Q2. This Goldman Sachs forecast is just one of many examples.

How realistic is the prospect of a V-shaped recovery? The economy is clearly either in a recession, or entering recession. LPL Financial found that recessionary bear markets last an average of 18 months compared to non-recessionary bears, which last only 7 months. That finding is inconsistent with the current Street expectation of a brief and sharp slowdown.

What are the odds of a V-shaped recovery?

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