Pulling the lens back to gain perspective can be particularly difficult when news is unfolding at such an extraordinary pace before our eyes. Add the reality that we are currently captive in a state of social distancing and economic suspension until the relentless wave of this deadly virus passes, and it becomes nearly impossible. But perspective and balance are critically important now, and we all need to step back on occasion to analyze this terrible event in a larger frame. We cannot let immediate fear – or the constant drumbeat of bad news during this acute period of crisis – push us into poor decisions, or drive us away from the fundamental disciplines that secure our financial foundations.

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