To state the obvious, the Covid-19 novel coronavirus has rapidly become the most serious global public health crisis since the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, more than a century ago.
What should investors and asset managers do in such a rapidly changing crisis situation? Clearly, due diligence as usual is not on the agenda. Equally, investors are typically fiduciaries and are often regulated. Putting all diligence on hold is, therefore, not an option – clients, plan members and beneficiaries expect investing entities to manage risks and protect their interests, especially at a time of crisis.