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The LongView: 2020 4th Quarter Review and Outlook Thumbnail

The LongView: 2020 4th Quarter Review and Outlook

2020 was a year of loss, upheaval, and adaptation with few parallels in recent history. For investors, it was a year of radical uncertainty and extreme volatility, including the steepest market decline and the swiftest recovery ever, a global economic shutdown, and monetary and fiscal stimulus programs that dwarfed all precedents. In the US, we lost 22 million jobs and regained 12 million, impeached one president, elected his successor, and marched by the millions to protest racism and police violence.

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2019 First Quarter Review and Outlook Thumbnail

2019 First Quarter Review and Outlook

Financial markets rallied sharply in the first quarter of 2019, despite signs of slowing global growth. Investors responded positively to signals from the US Federal Reserve Bank that the incremental rate hikes of the past several years may be coming to an end, and that going forward monetary policy is likely to be more neutral, and therefore supportive of markets and the economy.

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