Dear friends,the fourth quarter of 2020 optimism brought on by a 900-billion-dollar stimulus package and the approval of two vaccines. The world looks ahead to reducing and hopefully eliminating the threat of Covid-19 and returning to some form of normal by the end of 2021. Our team at Pegasus wishes you a happy and healthy New Year and looks forward to working with you for many years to come.
By Rodd D. Berro
The markets ended the year robustly with many indexes at all time highs. The Dow Jones Industrial average ended the year up 7.3%, while the S&P 500 clocked in at 16.3%, the Russell 2000 small cap index at 18.4% and the tech laden Nasdaq composite at an exceptional 43.6%. Gold ended the year up 24.6% while the loan laggard of the group, oil, ended down 20.5% for the year. Interest rates remained low throughout the year with the 10-year Treasury ending at .93% down from 1.9% at the end of 2019 while the 30-year ended at 1.7% down from 2.4% a year ago. 2020 saw an extraordinary amount of liquidity enter the US economy. On top of the 900-billion-dollar package just beginning to be distributed there was the 2.2 trillion-dollar stimulus from the spring and a 3 trillion-dollar expansion of the Federal reserves balance sheet. Added together these 6.1 trillion dollars of cash flow represents almost 30% of the entire 2019 GDP of the United States. It is estimated that the US economy will have shrunk 3.5% for 2020 or 750 billion dollars. Without the stimulus packages, however, the economy would have declined substantially more, considering the 31.7% drop in the 2nd quarter alone. So, although all the governments contributions clearly kick started the economy, the third quarter GDP rising 33.4%, there is a lot of cash sloshing around in the system. Some of it, 1.3 trillion dollars has been added to money market accounts which now stand at 4.3 trillion and arguably much of it went into the stock market. Maybe not so surprising we currently stand at all-time highs.
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