From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

As the coronavirus pandemic surged around the globe last year, markets went on a wild ride. Unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus, along with a flood of new retail investors, spurred increased activity in financial assets and rapid swings. With nonstop political news and a vaccine rollout under way, volatility is likely to continue into 2021.

A Rocky Year for the S&P 500

The stock market’s plunge in March and dizzying rebound was part of a series of dramatic ups and downs throughout 2020.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

A Wild End to an Erratic Year

A flurry of vaccine breakthroughs in November sparked a rotation into financials and energy, which had been among the most beaten-down sectors in the S&P 500.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

Game On

Trading surged in 2020 amid an onslaught of news on politics and Covid-19.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

Small-Caps Have a Big Finish

After losing to the largest peers all year, shares of small companies rallied following reports of effective vaccine developments, seen as key to ending the pandemic.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

Getting Personal

Retail traders accounted for 20% of trading volume last year.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

A Rush to Cash

Money-market assets ballooned as investors ducked for cover.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

Options Surge

Demand for bullish contracts soared as stocks rebounded.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

Cryptocurrency Soars

Bitcoin reached $40,000 amid central bank money-printing and speculative fervor. Investors rushed to funds tracking the cryptocurrency for a piece of the action.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

Tech and Tesla Propel an ETF’s Rise

Big bets on Tesla Inc. attracted exchange-traded fund investors to the Ark Innovation ETF, helping to boost its total inflows in 2020 to almost $10 billion as it rose 149% last year.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

Still Shining

Demand for gold surged early in the year, then cooled off a little.

From Vaccine News to Retail Traders, See What’s Rattled Markets

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