Market Week: March 30, 2020
Stocks opened the week as they closed the previous one — in a tailspin. However, aggressive moves by the Federal Reserve late in the day, coupled with the hope of a massive aid package from Congress, helped push stocks higher during early trading Tuesday.
Market Month: March 2020
It’s normal for the stock market to go up and down, with changes occurring at any given time. Anything can bring on shifts in the market — from news of a potential alarming pandemic like the coronavirus outbreak to uncertainty about the upcoming national election. But even in weeks when market volatility seems to be unceasing, we can usually count on better days ahead. That’s why it’s important to keep market corrections in perspective.
Market Month: February 2020
The Markets (as of market close February 28, 2020)
With a growing number of countries reporting new cases of the coronavirus, the obvious spread of this dreaded virus prompted a massive panic sell-off, the likes of which haven’t been seen since 2008. Investors’ fears of widespread economic tumult caused by the coronavirus were too much to ignore, despite last Friday’s statement from Fed chairman Jerome Powell that the central bank was prepared to cut rates if necessary when it meets in March. Crude oil prices fell by over $6 per barrel since the end of January. The 10-year Treasury note fell to a record low as money flowed into long-term bonds, pushing prices higher and yields lower.
Market Month: January 2020
The Markets (as of market close January 31, 2020)
January was full of ups and downs as investors rode a wave of uncertainty. The month began with many of the benchmark indexes listed here losing value (except for the Nasdaq) only to surge ahead during the middle of the month. However, fears that a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus would impact global economic growth pushed investors away from stocks, which lost significant value by the end of the month.
Market Month: December 2019
Annual Market Review 2019
The year began with the government stymied by a shutdown, and ended with articles of impeachment levied against the president. In between, both domestic and global economies showed signs of slowing, all while the trade war between the United States and China loomed throughout the year. Nevertheless, investors remained relatively bullish toward stocks, pushing several major indexes to record highs.
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