The Day After #1 Covid-19: the invisible hand pointing investors down the road to the 70s

May 4, 2020

Without a doubt, the Covid-19 pandemic is shaking the financial industry like never before. But this is not the first time the world has faced a pandemic of this scale, nor is it the first time that public policymakers, business leaders and pundits have asked: “Is it different this time around? Are we at a turning point?”.

In this new series of papers entitled “The Day After”, we share with our clients our thinking on what the long-term implications of the current, unprecedented crisis on the investment landscape could be.

To start “The Day After” series, in this first paper – Covid-19: the invisible hand pointing investors down the road to the ‘70s – we distill the key conclusions of a new work. We highlights the key reasons the current crisis could be the trigger for a regime shift that could, in the long run, lead to a new equilibrium with features similar to those seen in the ‘70s. The road back to the ‘70s will take time to travel and will not be straight. In the journey along this road, investors will need to stay active and rethink their investment approaches around some key principles, which combined represent the new toolbox for the 2020s.

Discover more in the full paper on

  • The Covid-19 pandemic is the trigger for a new financial regime
  • The inheritance from the 2010s: a regime of abnormally strong riskadjusted returns
  • Resetting performance targets: adding risk is not a panacea
  • Investment implications of a road back to the ‘70s
  • The investor road to the new decade: new wine and new bottles
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