This week, tension about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pushed global markets sharply lower. Specifically, investors are concerned about how preventative measures against the virus (like city-wide quarantines) are impacting the flow of parts to factories and goods to stores. 


But this isn't the first time that we've seen a virus bring volatility to global markets, and Joe Barry sat down today to discuss the historical context of the Coronavirus outbreak. Most importantly, he shares his ideas on what this all means for the market going forward. If you have any questions about investment markets or your portfolio, we invite you to pick up the phone and connect with your team at Barry.

Best Regards,
The Barry Team
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Since 1986, the Economist has used The Big Mac Index to compare prices around the globe. And while the index itself is intended to be light-hearted, it is rooted in a very real principle of global economics: purchasing power parity or “PPP”.

PPP states that any change in exchange rates between countries should be accounted for in the price of goods in each country. For example, if one US dollar is worth two Canadian dollars, a Big Mac should be half as many dollars in the US as it is in Canada.

So what is the key takeaway? According to the Big Mac Index, the majority of world currencies are currently undervalued with respect to the US Dollar.

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Barry Team Happenings

A lot of celebrating for the team at Barry this month! 

  • We hosted a Social Security Seminar, which included a presentation by Kurt Czarnowski, a Social Security Consultant.  Kurt shared some great insights around key Social Security decisions.  If you were unable to attend and would like to see the video of Kurt's presentation, please click here.  
  • Tyler Craig celebrated his birthday!
  • The team hosted a baby shower for Kate Rowe to celebrate the upcoming arrival of her baby girl.
  • Emma Rowe was born on February 12th!  Kate, Emma and family are all doing well and are enjoying life as a family of four!