Headlines today are dominated by the latest Covid-19 news.
It’s easy to be influenced into thinking about the here and now.
But as Smart Investors, we need to think past the present and look towards the future.
After all, investing is a long-term endeavour and cannot be measured in weeks or months.
Beefing up healthcare systems
When the coronavirus is eventually contained, countries will see the need to upgrade their healthcare systems.
There may even be a construction boom led by demand for more hospitals.
Covid-19 has taught countries that they were woefully unprepared for a pandemic of this scale. It will likely be rectified.
Alternative work arrangements
Working from home was once a perk, but is now a staple today due to quarantines and lockdowns.
Impacted companies will have to devise alternative work arrangements for their staff.
Prior to the crisis, daily work was already moving online.
But the virus has, in effect, accelerated adoption.
Companies that support online work, such as video-conferencing, could stand to benefit.
Get Smart: More alertness, less complacency
As humans, we learn from our mistakes and emerge stronger from it.
Similarly, countries and businesses are learning how to cope with a coronavirus pandemic.
In the future, it is likely that governments and businesses will be more alert to potential pandemics, and be less complacent.
The short term measure could hurt. But if companies come out stronger, it could bode well for us investors in the long run.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.