On September 16, 2021, Sand Hill CIO Brenda Vingiello, CFA joined the CNBC Halftime Report panel once again and discussed what positive catalysts investors canread more
Our Post-Pandemic Life
At some point in the not-too-distant future—whether through herd immunity, treatment, vaccine or a disease-state mutation—the health-related threat of the coronavirus will begin to fade away. While the exact timing of that seminal moment remains anybody’s guess, there is little doubt that post-pandemic life is going to look very different. Understanding just how the world is likely to evolve and separating what has permanently changed from what has only been temporarily disrupted is critical not only for investment decision-making, but in helping frame just how we will collectively live in the aftermath of the pandemic.
While the stock market has recently found plenty to cheer about, it is clear that not since perhaps the invention of the automobile has there been a more divergent economic outcome between the corporate “haves” and “have nots”. By some estimates, the majority of the market capitalization of the S&P 500 are economic beneficiaries of this new environment, but for the remaining minority, the consequences are quite dire and perhaps insurmountable. In between these two extremes, book-ended by mostly technology-related companies on one side and the travel and leisure industry on the other, resides the myriad of small businesses that must adapt to a significantly different operating environment as well as changed consumer spending patterns going forward.
History teaches us that event-driven shocks like the one we are experiencing tend to be brutal in the moment but have the one silver lining of a faster than typical recovery as investors and society adjust to the “new normal” that subsequently unfolds. This interim period of so-called “creative destruction” in the way we live, while extraordinarily painful for those most impacted, eventually reshapes almost everything, from the way we travel and work, to how we interact economically and socially, to even how we balance our civil liberties with the overall safety of the larger society and its most vulnerable.
The biggest paradigm shift this time around will likely be the significant decentralization of our society. Companies have discovered that having employees work at home as many days as possible reduces their costs, improves employee morale and generally tends to be more productive. As a result, central business districts will likely dissipate, and a reverse urbanization will take hold as the “virtualization of everything” from banking to education to telemedicine will become commonplace. Meanwhile, urban commercial real estate, air travel, cruise ships, movie theaters, stadium events, mass transit, restaurants and many other industries that require economic density will have to adapt or restructure in the years ahead. There is little doubt that undercapitalized businesses as well as many small colleges and charitable organizations will have to merge to remain financially viable or otherwise close.
For those fortunate enough to work in the knowledge-based economy, they will experience a work-life flexibility they thought their children might experience. But for many, it will take time to repair the emotional, financial and social damage from the pandemic. In the meantime, society will work towards its new normal, business models will emerge that are financially viable in this new environment, and each of our life stories will forever be delineated by our pre- and post-pandemic existence. While that’s a troubling reality, this moment also marks an opportunity to make ourselves safer, healthier and maybe even happier by breaking with our established and often outdated ways of living to create a better way forward. And that, during this difficult time, is an encouraging thought.
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