One of the early stories of 2021 has been the rapid ascent of bitcoin into the mainstream. Most notably, Tesla reported that it had purchased $1.5 billion worth of the cryptocurrency in January, with plans to accept it as a form of payment in the not-too-distant future.
In a press conference on Tuesday, President Biden announced that the federal government is working to purchase an additional 200 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines, with the goal of having enough supply to vaccinate the entire adult U.S. population by the end of the summer.
The U.S. political scene took center stage this week as many American’s sat stunned as we witnessed unbelievable footage of the riot on Capitol Hill. Yet, nearly as surprising was the reaction of the stock market, which rose 1.1% on Wednesday and another 1.48% on Thursday, despite the chaos that erupted during Wednesday’s Congressional electoral college vote.
As most loyal EVA readers know, for the 15 years of this newsletter’s existence, I’ve been a believer in, and forecaster of, subdued inflation. In fact, I’ve often written that for nearly all of my 42-year career I’ve felt that inflation would stay low, despite some intermittent flare-ups late in economic expansions.
As the year draws to a close, most financial market players like to project themselves forward and attempt to figure out what challenges, or surprises, the upcoming year may have in store. The aim of this piece is to do precisely the opposite: instead of looking forward, I propose to look backwards at the important changes of the past year.