2020 was a tough year for the world. COVID-19 came out of nowhere and completely disrupted our lives, the global economy and markets. Despite that enormous challenge stocks fought through the adversity and delivered impressive returns.
The S&P 500 saw a small 10% pullback in September, historically the worst month of the year for stocks. However the leading index was quick to rebound and is now trading just below the all-time high. Looking forward stocks are moving into the strongest six months of the year and I expect more gains this year.
September is historically the worst month of the year for US stocks. It is the only month of the year with a negative return from 1925 to 2019. Looking forward I remain optimistic on the stock market. I am expecting more volatility in the next few weeks but I think the worst of the sell off is over.
We’ve got a flurry of stock IPOs set to start trading this week. An IPO is when a stock first starts trading on a stock exchange such as the New York Stock Exchange or the NASDAQ. Stock IPOs can be a great opportunity to invest in a company early in the game. If that company does well its share price will climb, rewarding early investors with out sized gains.