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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In the context of compounding uncertainties for the markets, John Bryson is joined by Matt Miskin and Emily Roland, co-chief investment strategists at John Hancock Investment Management. While addressing the market’s gathering speed to the downside, they also consider its potential upward velocity in the wake of new and pending monetary and fiscal measures. With a near-term economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic a virtual certainty, the discussion raises timely asset allocation guidance to help investors look beyond the storm of current volatility to focus on long-term investment plans.

In this inaugural episode of Portfolio Intelligence taped on February 28, 2020, John Bryson is joined by Matt Miskin and Emily Roland, co-chief investment strategists at John Hancock Investment Management. In the midst of the worst market sell-off since the great financial crisis, John and his guests explore the market and economic impact of the coronavirus—and coronavirus fears—and offer commentary on where investors might consider looking to find greater relative stability across the capital markets.

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Advisor resources

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.

Investor education

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.


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.


Is your portfolio ready for a stock market downturn

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 three of the more recent downturns, but has also outperformed an index-oriented portfolio over the longer term.


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.


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.