As we come to the close of 2021, it is important to reflect on the key events of 2021 in the U.S. economy and markets. It has been a year full of upside surprises to both growth and investment returns. To this effect, here is a selection of 20 images that highlight the same. From the COVID-19 pandemic to S&P 500’s fastest recovery and doubling. From mass vaccinations to new variants like Delta and Omicron, to supply chain bottlenecks, chip shortages and increased demand post-re-opening. From U.S. Inflation at a 30-year high to the rise and fall in 10-year treasury yields. From China Evergrand’s debt crisis to big sell-offs across asset classes. From volatility in crypto to Bitcoin rallies of over $60,000 and BITO, the first U.S. Bitcoins futures ETF listing on NYSE. From crude oil recoveries and rallies at over $70 a barrel. From the rise of the commodity index to the largest IPOs in the U.S. markets – we have seen it all. And finally, markets have shown their resilience and held on to their strong gains with 0ver 20-25% gains on all three major U.S. indices YTD in 2021. We will be sharing a detailed report on the highlights of the U.S. economy and markets for 2021 and the Outlook for 2022 in the coming weeks. Do watch this space for more. Until then, enjoy these visuals representing the market highlights of 2021.
Supply chain woes: How it all started
The gradual shift of Warren Buffett’s portfolio to include more technology stocks in 2021
The Dark Horse of the 2021 rally: Commodity markets
From below $30,000 to over $60,000 all in a year: Bitcoin’s wild swings in 2021
The race for the market capitalization among large corporations
Note* Apple(AAPL) touched a market cap of $3 trillion this week and closing at $2.8 trillion