2020 is finally over, and we have many lessons to share from that rough year. This week we discuss what we learned in 2020, the January 5 Georgia election runoffs, and what the big 2020 year-end rally could mean.
What’s in store for 2021?
2020 ended with a bang, as stocks had their best end-of-year rally ever and the S&P 500 Index was up nearly 15% for the final two months. The previous times when stocks ended a year this well we experienced gains the next year every single time—with stocks up in the double digits each time. Even January was higher every time. With an improving economy and continued stimulus, there are many reasons to think this bull market has lasting power.
We are watching Georgia
All eyes are on the two special run-off elections in Georgia this week that will help decide the final makeup of the US Senate. If the Democrats win both seats and the Senate splits 50-50 between the two parties, a tie would be decided by the Vice President—and thus control may be in the hands of the Democrats. This may upset markets some, but we still don’t expect any major tax hikes or increases in regulation with such a tight Senate.
What we learned in 2020
One of the big takeaways from 2020 has been that markets are forward-looking. They don’t care about our feelings and only look ahead. Also, records are made to be broken, returns don’t come in a straight line, stimulus matters, and modern medicine is a wonderful thing.
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