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Historical Coronavirus Impacts

While agricultural commodity values have been adversely impacted by the latest coronavirus afflicting human populations, it has been nothing like the beating being taken by the equities markets. In both cases there is a view that the selloff has been exaggerated. In the parlance of Chicago, oversold. Some Wall Street advisories are jumping ahead and saying now is the time to buy. Unfortunately, history may rhyme but it doesn’t necessarily repeat.  The last major outbreak of a coronavirus was the SARS-CoV event in 2003. That version was not as widespread or as deadly as the current COVID-19, though it did have a higher mortality rate. Both events mostly impacted China but the Middle Kingdom’s economic influence on the world...

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