Note: An earlier version of this article was first published in MoneyOwl’s websiteMoneyOwl is Singapore’s first bionic financial advisor and is a joint-venture between NTUC Enterprise and Providend (Singapore’s first fee-only financial advisor). This article is a collaboration between The Good Investors and MoneyOwl and is not a sponsored post.

The apparent disconnect between the stock market and the economy is one of the hottest topics of discussion in the finance community this year.

Let’s look at the USA, for example, since it’s home to the world’s largest economy and stock market (in terms of market capitalisation). Due to the ongoing restrictions on human movement to fight COVID-19, the country’s economy inched up by just 0.6% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to a year ago. The second quarter of the year saw the US’s economic output fall by a stunning 9.0%; that’s an even steeper decline compared