The stock market is ending 2020 at record highs, even as the virus surges and millions go hungry

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Excerpt from the Washington Post:

The stock market is ending 2020 at record highs, even as the virus surges and millions go hungry

By Hamza Shaban and Heather Long – Dec. 31, 2020

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The U.S. stock market ended 2020 at all-time highs, enriching the wealthy and capping off a soaring comeback despite a deadly pandemic that has killed more than 340,000 Americans and left millions jobless and hungry.

As the extent of the coronavirus became clear in March, investors sent stocks tumbling 34 percent, a bear market. But it turned out to be the shortest downturn in U.S. history. Since the U.S. stock market bottomed on March 23, the S&P 500 has risen 68 percent, shattering all-time records along the way. The rebound reflects Wall Street’s optimism about 2021, but it also underscores the disconnect between the stock market’s wild success and struggling American households.

“The markets are dominated by the folks who are in the upper echelons. They don’t feel any pain. They read about it, but they don’t experience it,” said David Kotok, founder of Cumberland Advisors. “What they do experience is the flip side: We have had very substantial productivity gains with Zoom and other daily life efficiencies.”

Read the full story at WaPo’s site: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/12/31/stock-market-record-2020/


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