Published April 20, 2020
Today’s front page of the Wall Street Journal carries the following stories: Jobless claims top an “unprecedented” 17 million, Fed unleashes its broadest ever array of programs, Coronavirus creates a “mountain of debt”, Saudis and Russia agree to oil production cut. Those four topics encapsulate what markets have been wrestling with over the past month, and going forward. We will undoubtedly spend more time in coming weeks on most of those. This week, we are focused on the dramatically expanded role of the Federal Reserve.