COVID-19 UPDATE: White House announces alliances to vastly expand testing in next month (8mm/month, Federal). And rising opportunity cost of being "undecided" as S&P 500 100 points higher than 50% retrace.

COVID-19 remains a global crisis and we realize that many people need to keep up with COVID-19 developments, particularly since we are moving into the more critical stage ("restart economy"), so feel free to share our commentary to anyone who has interest.

The White House briefing focused on the rapid expansion of testing capacity underway in the US.  According to Admiral Giroir (designated to coordinate COVID-19 testing), the US will be able to conduct 8 million tests per month (federal level) by next month with Abbott Labs, LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics providing additional testing. In short, the US is on track to conduct 500k-750k tests per day (with private sector additions).  For policymakers, and especially state governors (the NGA), this is a key gating factor to getting the economy open. Whether testing is the key factor, that doesn't matter, since it matters to policymakers. But the broad picture is that the US private sector and policymakers have mobilized in a huge way to deal with COVID-19.  And states are mostly showing improvements.  As of today, 20 states have announced plans to re-open their economies in the next few weeks, with West Virginia being the most recent to announce. These states are 33% of US GDP and the largest of these s...

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