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Market Update: Navigating a New Normal for Investors

Alan Adelman, John Lutz, CFA® and Jonathan Waite, CFA® | March 04 , 2021

None of us could have expected the unprecedented events of 2020, and today investors are navigating a new normal. To put the last 12 months in perspective:

• A once-in-a-century pandemic shut down half the economy virtually overnight.

• Unemployment spiked to 15 percent, also virtually overnight.

• We experienced the fastest bear market in history, dropping 20 percent in 16 days from late February to mid-March. We also had the fastest selloff.

• What followed was the deepest recession since World War II.

• Despite all of that, the S&P 500 index finished the year up 18 percent.

• Additionally, more than 10 million people filed for unemployment, but 2020 still had the highest increase in personal income in 20 years.
 

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