After the S&P 500’s worst first quarter on record, the stock market made history with an unprecedented recovery, taking many investors and prognosticators by surprise. Following the market lows reached on March 23rd, the S&P 500 was up 38% through the end of the 2nd quarter, marking one of the sharpest rallies over the past 100 years. The rally was not only monumental given the total return in just 3 months, but there was also 29 trading days (out of 70) that were up over 1%.

With assurance from Chairman Powell that “we will not run out ammunition”, along with optimism that coordinated and focused scientific research would eventually lead to a vaccine (WHO reported there are more than 100 vaccine candidates and over 20 in clinical trials), investors started to look past the pandemic and forward to an economic recovery.

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