In light of the extreme volatility we’ve experienced this week, we wanted to continue to update you on events and our thoughts. However, to begin, we would like to make you aware of a tragedy that occurred in our hometown.

Cookeville-Putnam County Tornado
You may already be aware of the terrible, EF-4 tornado that devastated parts of our community, early Tuesday morning. The loss of life (18, including 5 children) and destruction of property (over 100 structures, many totally destroyed) are, simply put, overwhelming. Our team and families are all very fortunate that we weren’t directly impacted by this disaster. Many of you have reached out to us, and we are grateful. Many more of you may have tried to do the same, but due to the storm, our phone lines have been severely compromised. It was our plan to reach out to you directly with some of the information contained in this update but have unable to due to the interruption of service. We ask that you would keep our community in your thoughts and prayers in the days ahead. If you would like more information or feel led to donate on behalf of those who have suffered a great loss, you can go to

What We Know
It’s certainly troubling to see the number of cases rise in the US, especially when accompanied by a rise in the number of deaths. However, it’s important to remember that most cases do not result in extreme outcomes.  It is also encouraging that the data from the outbreak in South Korea suggests the fatality rate for all ages is much better than what we’ve seen from China.

Investment Implications
In anticipation of the negative economic impact expected to be caused by the virus’ spread, the US Federal Reserve on March 3rd cut interest rates by .5%. This is only the eighth such inter-meeting cut on record and the first since the 2008 financial crisis. On Friday, the President signed into law a bill that provides over $8 billion in funding to fight the virus.

Until the full extent of the COVID-19 problem is known, good or bad, we expect high levels of volatility to continue. Accordingly, we made some small but intentional adjustments to better position our portfolios.


Looking Forward
As discussed in the previous letter, our portfolios currently hold extra cash. We expect to move towards fully invested in phases; note the order may change.

We will continue to monitor investment conditions and search for opportunities. We aspire to take prudent actions toward the goal of helping each of you reach your investment and life objectives. If you have thoughts or questions about any of the information we've shared, or on any other subject, please don't hesitate to call us. We are grateful you allow us to serve you and your family, and we will continue to make every effort to justify the trust you've bestowed on us.

Your CCA Investment Team

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