This Volatility in Perspective recording is one of a series of market updates featuring investment professionals from Virtus affiliated managers discussing how the coronavirus crisis is affecting capital markets and their investment portfolios. In this recording, Kayne Anderson Rudnick CIO Doug Foreman is joined by portfolio managers Jon Christensen and Craig Thrasher to offer perspective on the global volatility, how KAR’s quality-driven portfolios are faring, and field a range of questions on the impact of the pandemic on U.S. and international equities.

Replay of a call held March 31, 2020, moderated by Barry Mandinach, Executive Vice President, Virtus Investment Partners.

Among the topics discussed:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic-driven recession compares to past recessions – and the early signs that will let investors know when a recovery is underway
  • Sectors/businesses expected to be hardest hit and permanently impaired longer term, and sectors/businesses that stand to benefit over the next 3-5 years – the types of companies KAR is always focused on
  • How KAR portfolios—U.S. and international—have been holding up (Answer: Relatively well due to KAR’s philosophy and emphasis on companies with lower business risk, lower credit risk, lower balance sheet risk)
  • What KAR is doing to use the downturn to “fortify” their portfolios with quality businesses at low valuations
  • Expectations for small vs. large companies and the longer-term implications for rebalancing and rebuilding equity allocations

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Doug Foreman

Doug Foreman, CFA
Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager

John Christensen 150x150

Jon Christensen, CFA
Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst

Craig Thrasher

Craig Thrasher, CFA
Portfolio Manager and Senior Research Analyst

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