Spanish Flu Impact on the Stock Market in the USA and Response Measures by the Government

The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic caused by the H1N1 influenza A virus. Lasting from February 1918 to April 1920, it infected 500 million people – about a third of the world’s population at the time – in four successive waves. The death toll is typically estimated to have been somewhere between 17 million and 50 million, and possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest pandemics in human history.

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Investments in US Markets

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In CY2019, when the Nifty clocked 12.02%, the NASDAQ 100 index gained 39.98%. Being an Indian Investor definitely helped as the rupee weakness further added a couple of percentage points in returns. US markets especially in the areas of tech and healthcare have done well and also have significant upside potential for growth. The US market has been perceived as the ‘Mother Market’, and has attracted many investors worldwide.

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Asset Allocation

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In the pursuit of earning highest possible returns many investors keep chasing the asset class which has done well in the recent past. In the process, many a time they buy the asset at a price when it has reached the bubble zone. They end up losing money. Earning high returns without risk is almost an impossible task. This is because every asset class goes through different phases. This brings fluctuation in price movement of asset classes. A sensible way to seek healthy risk-adjusted returns is to follow a disciplined approach of asset allocation and systematically rebalance your portfolio from time to time.

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Asset Allocation

In the pursuit of earning highest possible returns many investors keep chasing the asset class which has done well in the recent past. In the process, many a time they buy…

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