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Rob Lovelace shares his view on the current bear market
Rob Lovelace
Equity portfolio manager

Over long periods of time, there are two different types of bear market, those that are associated with a recession and those that are not, and the former are much rarer. When recessionary bear markets do happen, they tend to be about twice as long and go much deeper than those not associated with a recession.

If you map the course of these recessionary bear markets, they're incredibly similar in both their duration and form and seem to match well with what's going on in the markets right now. The good news is that there are no systemically broad market risks with this bear market, compared to the risks posed by collateralised mortgage vehicles during the GFC (the last time we had a bear market associated with a recession). I believe we will come out the other side of this bear market stronger and better for it having cleared up those excesses in the global economy.

Looking forward: who will lead us out of the bear market?

A key message from the last few bear markets is the sectors that led into the bull market were almost never the ones that led us out. If we consider the FAANGs, which had been particularly strong, will they be the ones to lead us out of the market?

I don’t necessarily think they are going to be the worst sector, but it's very rare that the big leaders going in are the strongest coming out. So where should we be looking for that for that next leadership group? 

Market leaders before and after bear markets are rarely the same


Past results are not a guaranteed of future results.

Annualised returns shown are in the three years prior to and after the bear market period shown. Based on MSCI World index in US$ terms with net dividends reinvested.

Sources: Capital Group, MSCI

In this article, vice chair and president of Capital Group Rob Lovelace compares today’s bear market with those in the past and explores which companies could be the next equity market leaders.


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Rob Lovelace is an equity portfolio manager and chair of Capital International, Inc. Rob has 37 years of investment industry experience, all with Capital Group. Earlier in his career, Rob was an equity investment analyst at Capital covering global mining & metals companies and companies domiciled in Mexico and the Philippines. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mineral economics (geology) from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. Rob is based in Los Angeles.

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