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Navigating COVID-19 market volatility

The fight against COVID-19 is far from over or won, and economies are functioning well below capacity.

 

Despite all this, share markets were strong over the June quarter, defying all the uncertainty.

 

Many countries have succeeded in flattening and even bending the infection curve, but coronavirus is advancing in the US, Brazil, Russia and India, all countries with large populations. The UK too seems to be losing ground again.

 

With the spread of the COVID-19 virus accelerating in the US, many economists expect the recovery to be bumpier and job gains more muted.

 

Many competing forces at work and MLC is putting the experience and expertise gained from managing multi-asset and multi-manager portfolios since 1985, to the current complicated market and economic environment.

 

As ever, we’re staying true to our belief in the importance of diversification across many dimensions. It reflects our risk-management heritage and the care we exercise in managing clients’ funds.

A message from MLC Asset Management's Chief Investment Officer

August 2020

Investment professionals need to guard against the danger of getting so consumed with issues immediately in front of us that we fail to pay attention to what’s around the corner.

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Central bank policies driving share market performance 

August 2020

Despite economic stresses, major share markets continued to rise in July as investors remain buoyed by supportive central bank policies.

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A message from MLC Asset Management's Chief Investment Officer

July 2020

The way we invest isn’t reliant on successfully guessing the future. Instead, we develop 40 investment scenarios that force us to be intensively aware of risks in each situation.

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Share markets up, but economic concerns remain: what’s going on?

July 2020

Markets have been buoyed by central bank and government support for economies. However, COVID-19 remains a threat and economies are still fragile.

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2019-20 financial year in review

July 2020

The 2019-20 financial year was dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In early July, with the financial year behind us, MLC's Portfolio Specialist John Owen provides you with a review of what happened in investment markets over the year and explains how MLC’s portfolios remain defensively positioned while looking for attractive risk-reward opportunities.

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Share market valuations a reason for caution

June 2020

The investment environment is complicated. That’s why continue to emphasise intensive risk-management along with careful additions to portfolios. Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer at MLC Asset Management, discusses.

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How we're positioning the MySuper portfolio

June 2020

As we did through the most intensive period of the crisis – we’re continuing to balance caution with selective additions of risk assets.

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A message from MLC Asset Management's Chief Investment Officer

June 2020

We’re assuming three possible futures relating to the interaction between the coronavirus, and societies and economies. Our portfolios are ready because we prepare for the many things that can happen, rather than for just one possible investment future.

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Preparing investments for uncertainty

May 2020

Given the level of economic and business uncertainty ahead, we continue to emphasise intensive risk-management along with careful additions to portfolios.

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Diversification across many dimensions

May 2020

At MLC, we’ve long believed in the importance of diversification across many dimensions, including diversification across mainstream as well as alternative assets. Gareth Abley, MLC’s Head of Alternative Strategies and Listed Sector Portfolios, discusses how these alternative assets are used within our multi-asset portfolios.

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A message from MLC Asset Management's Chief Investment Officer

May 2020

Uncertainty remains high across markets and economies. That’s why we are continuing to balance intensive risk-management with careful opportunity seeking.

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Balancing caution with opportunity seeking

29 April 2020

There is both high uncertainty, as well as rising opportunity across investment markets. This means balancing intensive risk-management with carefully selected additions to portfolios as MLC’s CIO, Jonathan Armitage, explains.

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Australian shares: spot check

24 April 2020

Ordinarily, companies abandoning earnings guidance would be thrashed by the market, but these are not ordinary times.

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High market uncertainty means caution is sensible

14 April 2020

Some recent strong market returns may have lulled some investors into thinking that a turning point has been reached. But as Jonathan Armitage, MLC’s Chief Investment Officer, comments, uncertainty remains high.

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A message from our Chief Investment Officer

9 April 2020

These are difficult days for the world. But as Jonathan Armitage, our Chief Investment Officer explains, MLC has steered clients’ portfolios through many market crises over the past three decades. Our knowledge and experience is again at work protecting portfolios as well as positioning them for the recovery that will eventuate.

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Video: How we're carefully deploying client's capital in the current environment

8 April 2020

Good levels of portfolio liquidity are allowing us to carefully buy assets that have become more attractively valued. Al Clark, our Head of Investments, discusses.

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Video: How our portfolios are playing 'defence' in the current environment

8 April 2020

“Derivatives strategies”, a form of investment insurance, has helped to cushion portfolios during this market event. Al Clark, our Head of Investments, discusses.

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Video: Balancing risk and return with different investment strategies

8 April 2020

Risk management is deep in MLC’s DNA. Al Clark, our Head of Investments, discusses.

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Video: How business operations may change because of COVID-19

6 April 2020

Which global businesses are riding out the current crisis? Portfolio Manager, Myooran Mahalingam, discusses.

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Video: Differences between current environment and 2008/09 Global Financial Crisis

6 April 2020

Current market volatility is distinctly different to the GFC. For one, banks will be part of the solution this time, not the problem. Portfolio Manager, Myooran Mahalingam discusses.

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Video: Impact of falling oil price on share markets

6 April 2020

Why oil prices have fallen. And why this is actually good news for many. Portfolio Manager, Myooran Mahalingam, discusses.

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Video: Making sense of current volatility in global share markets

6 April 2020

Is moving into cash the right thing to do in the current environment? Portfolio Manager, Myooran Mahalingam, shares why maintaining perspective has never been more important.

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Video: Drivers of global share market volatility

6 April 2020

In terms of current market volatility, the thing to note is that volatility is normal. However, we are going through a period of time where volatility is quite elevated, and relative to history as elevated as it has ever been.

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Video: Market update

23 March 2020

Supply and demand shocks are hitting the global economy. Together, they are amping up investor uncertainty. Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer at MLC, discusses.

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Video: Market update

19 March 2020

Markets are continuing to be volatile as investors react to the news about economic growth and global trade being disrupted by the coronavirus and oil prices. Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer at MLC, discusses.

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Video: Market update

19 March 2020

Investors have tended to move to cash during past market events. But that’s not always a good idea. Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer at MLC, discusses.

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Video: Market update

16 March 2020

We are continuing to see unprecedented volatility in equity markets and within the last 24 hours we have seen significant announcements from a number of central banks. Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer at MLC, discusses.

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Video: Market update

12 March 2020

Markets are continuing to be volatile as investors react to the news about economic growth and global trade being disrupted by the coronavirus and oil prices. Jonathan Armitage, Chief Investment Officer at MLC, discusses.

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Video: Market volatility update

10 March 2020

How have investment markets reacted to the coronavirus outbreak and the reduction in oil prices? Myooran Mahalingam, Portfolio Manager at MLC, discusses.

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Video: Economic and market update

10 March 2020

The coronavirus has had a significant impact on investment markets. Bob Cunneen, Senior Economist at MLC, discusses what to expect over the coming months.

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Capturing coronavirus and other remote possibilities in the Investment Futures Framework

4 March 2020

Due to the Investment Futures Framework, our portfolios were not caught completely unawares by the coronavirus outbreak and that may provide some reassurance for our clients.

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Video: Managing investment risks amid coronavirus

2 March 2020

The coronavirus is first and foremost a health issue. However, it's also a timely reminder that investment risks always exist. The strong market returns of the past decade may have caused some investors to forget this.

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Investment market impacts of coronavirus. Part II

27 February 2020

Markets are realising that economic dislocations stemming from the coronavirus outbreak may be more significant than previously assumed.

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Investment market impacts of coronavirus. Part I

19 February 2020

Trying to measure the coronavirus-impact on Australian companies is fraught. There’s a natural human desire for clear-cut answers, but that’s not always possible when putting industries under a microscope.

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