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Coronavirus and Market Volatility

Asset Management Resources

Coronavirus is having a major impact on public health and the global financial markets. As we continue to gauge the long-term impact of the novel coronavirus, CFA Institute is working to provide resources and to support the development of policy measures that address the functioning of markets and the financial system. We are also providing research — including analysis on lessons learned from past financial crises — to help guide the investment management industry during this time of instability and uncertainty.

Featured Research and Insights

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Is the Coronavirus Rocking the Foundations of Capital Markets?

How the economic crisis induced by COVID impacts capital markets, investment management, and authorities.


Home Front: Understanding the Financial Impacts of COVID-19

A video series presenting expert opinions and analysis on today’s coronavirus economy.

Discover more insights into how the coronavirus epidemic will affect global markets on the CFA Institute Enterprising Investor blog

Interested in lessons learned from Asia Pacific? View posts covering a variety of related topics on the Asia-Pacific Research Exchange

What the Coronavirus Means for Financial Markets and Economic Impact

Market Volatility and the Coronavirus 

    • Coronavirus Market Impact: Managing the Fallout

      Setting current market events surrounding the novel coronavirus crisis into a historical context can help investors and investment managers understand and better respond.  By examining market stability and systemic risk, modern monetary theory, and the lessons of financial market history, we can help manage the effects of today's coronavirus crisis as it unfolds.

    • Market Stability and Asset Management Strategies

      The coronavirus crisis does not need to lead to an economic collapse. Addressing the crisis through both research and policy, CFA Institute offers insights and analysis to guide investors, investment managers, and world leaders supporting financial markets. 

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        Systemic Risk

        The CFA Institute-sponsored Systemic Risk Council has called on policymakers to cease banks' equity buybacks and dividends and to support smaller emerging-market and developing economies throughout the coronavirus crisis. Read more on the Systemic Risk Council's advice for central banks and governments in an open letter to G20 leaders.

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        Market Stability and Volatility

        This article in the Financial Analysts Journal explains the potentially destabilizing feedback loops that can occur when unwinding short volatility-contingent strategies, in response to central bank actions or macro events.

    • Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

      Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are in the spotlight amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

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        Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)

        Learn more about the impact of ETFs on the financial system and proposed regulatory actions to mitigate market stability risks with this research paper.

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        Revenge of the Stock Pickers

        This research outlines the opportunities for active stock pickers when high-volume ETF sell-offs occur.