Year in Review | January 1, 2021

AUTHOR: Kerry J. Hilsabeck, CFP®
TITLE:    Investment Adviser Rep
TAGS:   Jobs, Yield Curve, S&P 500, Consumer Sentiment

The year ended strong. Here is a review of the week, but also, what is in store for January and the rest of 2021?


The week opened with a bang as the markets responded to the administration signing the stimulus package. Trade was light, but the Santa Claus rally continued, led by communications, discretionary, and technology.


Markets opened the day strong as hopes for larger stimulus and optimism over Brexit persisted. Mid-day that turned as Sen. McConnell indicated that a unanimous push of the $2,000 provision would not occur. This was not a surprising move, however, surprising enough to take the wind out of the sails for traders. Markets ended the day marginally lower.


The day brought modestly increased markets, however the close was deceiving. Markets opened up nearly 1% and faded through out the day. The Santa Claus rally is intact, but barely.


The final day of trading followed the trend of 2020. The S&P 500 ended the year by rising 0.60%. The Santa Claus rally ended up adding 2.02% to the year’s performance. Economic news was light for the day; however, initial jobless claims did come in lower than expected at 787K. This is still a very elevated number, but lower than the 833K expected.


Happy 2021!


What a year! There was so much negative across the globe, between COVID and the subsequent global recession. The markets were not one of those sore spots! The year begin as mundane as any other, with minor concerns stirring over a virus being reported out of China. A few months later it was everywhere and had caused shutdowns around the world, stalling the global economy. The S&P 500 fell 35% in response to the threat. The rebound was amazingly fast and strong. The S&P 500 was able to recapture its previous high 5 months after reaching bottom. The S&P 500 managed to rise 16.26% for the year! Aided, of course, by $3.6T in Fiscal stimulus as well as $3.2T in monetary stimulus.

After the gains experienced last year, a soft January should be expected. Past January the rest of the year shows promise. Stimulus is expected to accelerate with little expectations around further taxation. As the vaccine gets more widely circulated, a return to service industry demand is expected. This should lead to a stronger second half of 2021.

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