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Coronavirus: A guide for Aussie investors

Emma Rapaport  |  17 Mar 2020Text size  Decrease  Increase  |  
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Below is our latest coverage of the coronavirus sell-off including daily market updates and commentary from head of equity research Peter Warnes.

It's natural to worry about the impact of coronavirus on your investments. As Morningstar’s head of behavioural sciences Steve Wendel puts it, panic is a social phenomenon, whether it’s panicked selling of investments or panicked buying of toilet paper.

To be sure, expect volatility in the short run. The economic hit to 2020 will be significant, and prolonged disruption will have an impact on the cash flows of many companies. 

But Morningstar analysts believe the collective global effort to lead to containment of the outbreak sometime over the next nine months.

"We expect near-term impact to be savage, shaving off 2 percentage points from global GDP growth," Morningstar director of equity research Johannes Faul says in a special report on the coronavirus.

"However, we anticipate a vaccine ready to be deployed by mid- to late 2021, setting the stage for a return to normality."

During periods of market volatility or where prices fall, it's often a time where you should consider adding more to your investments rather than taking them away. Warren Buffett always says that he likes his stocks the way he likes his socks: on sale.

To make sure you’re headed in the right direction, we're curated a list of our latest coronavirus coverage. 

Latest updates:

5 new quality cheap stocks for your watchlist27 March

Investing basics: understanding ETF discounts and premiums during turbulent times27 March

 The virus will run its course but the pain of record debt will become more acute26 March

[Video] How to avoid dividend cuts27 March

Coronavirus special report

 Coronavirus: Market Temperature Check | Full report

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Our perspective on the markets

Peter Warnes commentary (Premium)

Investment opportunities

 Latest updates: Morningstar 5-star stock screener

How to protect your financial well-being

Coronavirus impact on industries, companies and financial products

As it happens | daily market updates

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A letter from Morningstar Inc.'s CEO - 19 March

We are evaluating our coverage for you during these times of uncertainty. If you have questions or comments, we'd love to hear from you at mark.lamonica1@morningstar.com.

is an editor for Morningstar.com.au

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