The Economy Isn't the Same as the Market when we look at predictions.

Updated: May 28, 2020

For the past few weeks, investors have been bombarded with bad news on the economy.

USA Total Coronavirus Cases: 34,717

China Total Coronavirus Cases: 81,093

UK Total Coronavirus Cases: 5,683

Italy Total Coronavirus Cases: 59,138

(Source:, from 23 Mar 2020)

This scary information has already incorporated into prices in the stock market. The market is where it is because of the bad news. Dow and FTSE have seen their biggest one day since 1987. Investors fear that the spread of the virus could destroy economic growth. Government intervention may add a burden to the economy while trying to contain the virus. The tourism industry, including airline, hotel and restaurants, has been severely damaged. Gold is a particular commodity until recently. Oil prices have slumped to its lowest price since June 2001. In response, central banks in many countries have cut interest rates.

Notice the major markets (

  • USA (New York Stock Exchange) (Nasdaq) located in New York City.

  • China (Shanghai Stock Exchange) (Hong Kong Stock Exchange) (Shenzhen Stock Exchange) located in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

  • EU (Euronext) located in Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, Oslo, Paris.

  • UK (London Stock Exchange) located in London, Milan

SPX, NDX chart 3 months ago from 23 Mar 2020

New York Total Coronavirus Cases: 16,900 (23 Mar 2020)

SSE Index chart 3 months ago from 23 Mar 2020

N100 Index chart 3 months ago from 23 Mar 2020

Amsterdam, Brussels, Dublin, Lisbon, Oslo, Paris.

Netherlands Total Coronavirus Cases: 4,204

Belgium Total Coronavirus Cases: 3,401

Ireland Total Coronavirus Cases: 906

Portugal Total Coronavirus Cases: 1,600

Norway Total Coronavirus Cases: 2,385

France Total Coronavirus Cases: 16,018

FTSE 100 Index chart 3 months ago from 23 Mar 2020

Gold Prices Chart 6 Months ago from 23 Mar 2020

The big difference between the market and the economy is that the market is forward-looking, and it's unexpected events that primarily drive future stock prices. Thus, it doesn't even matter whether future news is