Levy Says Epidemic to Test Fragile Global Financial Pyramid

Investors Driven to Chase Returns and Downplay Risk Despite COVID-19’s Growing Impact on Global Economy

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MOUNT KISCO, N.Y., Feb. 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- David A. Levy wrote to clients in the February 2020 issue of The Levy Forecast® that “the global economy is fragile but supported by powerful financial drivers, so the focus is on whether the shaky structure can survive the stresses and strains to its critical foundations, namely profitability, financial stability, and market confidence.”

The chairman of the independent Jerome Levy Forecasting Center LLC (www.levyforecast.com) stated that, “investors appear more desperate than perhaps ever before to chase returns and ignore risk—not so much driven by greed and expectations of big gains as by fear of not securing any meaningful returns.”

Writing in a publication devoted to forecasting and analyzing economic and business conditions since 1949, Levy cited his recent white paper, “Bubble or Nothing,” which explains how long-term, macro changes to the economy’s financial structure have driven down rates of return and pressured investors and lenders into increased risk-taking (this paper is complimentary and publicly available at www.levyforecast.com/bubble-or-nothing). Levy stressed that these pressures give risk assets extraordinary potential to rally on market weakness and to perpetuate bull markets, but that “the obstacles to [the global] expansion have also become greater.

Levy ended with a warning that although many analysts have downplayed the virus epidemic impacts, “at best, the economic effects of COVID-19 outbreak are likely to be much worse than widely anticipated.”

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