Put today's market volatility in context

Explore our lineup of resources to help you and your clients make sense of current market fluctuations. Read the latest economic and market viewpoints from our network. Listen to our new Portfolio Intelligence podcast for asset allocation insight. Use this site to understand markets today without losing focus on the long term.



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Explore our analysis of government stimulus, including quantitative easing and the CARES Act

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The dimensions of U.S. stimulus

Trillions of dollars' worth of direct government aid and market interventions have been aimed at mitigating pandemic-related economic disruption. We provide a rundown of the major stimulus provisions, along with commentary from our network.

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The CARES Act and retirement

The CARES Act offers financial relief by temporarily relaxing the rules on key provisions of qualified retirement plans.

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Listen to our strategists and investment experts discuss volatility and asset allocation insight

Host John Bryson is joined by Matt Miskin and Emily Roland, co-chief investment strategists at John Hancock Investment Management. In discussing their Market Intelligence outlook for Q2 2020 and beyond, Matt and Emily identify what they consider to be attractive equity and fixed-income opportunities in the making despite the severe economic disruption caused by COVID-19 and the measures taken nationwide to flatten the curve of new cases.


When market volatility rises, our first impulse can be to cut and run, but that’s a biologically conditioned emotional response rather than a logical one. In this episode of Portfolio Intelligence, John Bryson is joined by Keith Van Etten, portfolio consultant and behavioral finance specialist at John Hancock Investment Management, to investigate our intuitive responses to stimuli versus our logical curbing of emotionally driven reactions. Applying this insight to investing, they discuss mental anchoring, unconscious simplification strategies, and other situations where listening to our gut can get our portfolios into trouble.

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Tune in to our conference call series on current market issues and explore other resources for advisors

Replay: Discipline in a crisis: How to invest and trade ETFs in volatile markets (04/23/20) John Hancock Investment Management, Dimensional Fund Advisors, and ETF Trends outline strategies that ETF investors can use in volatile markets, including tax-loss harvesting, best practices for ETF trading, and disciplined factor-based strategies.

Replay: Bond Fund and Investment Grade Bond Fund update (03/25/20) The portfolio management team from Manulife Investment Management discusses the volatility in the fixed-income markets, recent actions by the U.S. Federal Reserve, the team’s current strategy, and its outlook for the months ahead.

Replay: With stocks in bear market territory, what's next for the markets? (03/16/20) With equity markets now in bear market territory, the energy sector in turmoil, and more drastic measures being implemented around the world to help contain the coronavirus, it's easy to lose sight of macroeconomic fundamentals. Listen to the replay of our Monday, March 16, conference call for insight into what's been driving market turbulence and how investors can position their portfolios.

Replay: What’s driving this volatility? Perspectives from our asset management network (03/12/20) Much of the recent market turmoil is linked to the coronavirus outbreak, but that’s not the only factor in play. For a deeper look at what’s driving the turbulence, listen to the replay of our Thursday, March 12, conference call to hear the views of three investment professionals from our asset management network.

My brain made me do it—client seminar Our emotions naturally make it difficult to make smart investment decisions such as buying low and selling high. That’s why many investors sell during market declines—thereby locking in losses—and return only after stocks have recovered. By taking a closer look at some of the basics of behavioral finance, investors can learn to let logic, rather than emotion, drive their investment decisions.





Download educational materials that can help you put volatility in context

Does your portfolio have a measure of correction protection

When an external shock sours market sentiment, high correlations among a portfolio's investments can undermine diversification and make losses more pronounced.

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U S equities have always recovered

Any investor who has lived through a bear market knows how unpleasant it can be. History shows, however, that U.S. equities have always recovered, and that bull markets have created far more wealth than bear markets have taken away.

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Is your portfolio ready for a recession?

Investors should prepare their portfolios to weather any market conditions. This investment idea highlights a diversified portfolio of funds from John Hancock Investment Management that has not only outperformed the broad stock market in the recent downturn, it's also outperformed a passively managed blended index over the longer term.

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Investors who abandon stocks in a downturn may miss out on their eventual recovery

Sticking to a long-term financial plan gets harder when markets decline. This investment idea highlights the risks of not staying invested.

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Infrastructure investing turning life necessities into a stabilizing force in your portfolio

Learn how infrastructure investing—including stocks of select companies in the utilities, energy, telecoms, REITs, and industrials sectors—helps turn life’s necessities into a stabilizing force for portfolios.

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