The Covid-19 situation, what seemed to be just an Asia thing, has suddenly started to impact the Middle East and European continents to greater impact. Given the longer incubation period than Sars, this looks like it will likely double the time it takes on the Sars situation at least.
The Covid-19 started as an isolation temporary incident, just like any outbreak we’ve seen. Yes, we’re likely seeing drastic impact to 1 or 2 quarters but it won’t likely dent the overall capabilities of companies, at least those that has a strong pillar of balance sheet behind them.
This will look just like another phase of turbulence for them, and it is likely to pass than not. As investors, our job is to identify them and take this opportunity to get onboard with them because we want to sail together when the good time comes back.
Now, most of us didn’t start the year with 100% cash in our portfolio.
If you do, then you’re either a genius or you’ve been lagging the overall market for a long time by hoarding too much low yield assets.
Two extremes at the very end.
For the most of us, we’ve continued to hold on to whatever strong moat companies we already have in our portfolio and we are likely to hold them through this storm. That means just getting by this turbulence period and hope things are better so it can revert back to the valuation or share price before the whole Covid-19 started.
The opportunity lies for those investors holding cash or warchest as some would have liked to describe.
Since these investors have technically lose out in all other years by holding in to these cash yielding them very low returns, they would have to increase their conviction by picking the higher beta companies.
This means companies that are heavily impacted by the Covid-19 situation in the aviation, hospitality or retail sectors that has retreated heavily since the start of the year.
The idea is to convert them into opportunities and then sell them back when coasts are clearer and revert back those positions into cash.
You certainly don’t want to be left with little or no positions in your portfolio when the coasts are clear when and not if they will come.