During the first quarter of 2021, one of the hottest topics in financial circles was the sudden rise in bond yields. As a result, analysts and pundits from around the financial world pontificated as to whether this sharp spike would derail the bull run in equity markets.
“US tech stocks have been hit hard, as attention focuses on the underlying quality of themes like the migration to electric vehicles. Yet this shakeup is also happening against the backdrop of a fast-changing investment environment due to a strengthening US growth outlook, rising inflationary pressure and an unnerved bond market which is driving yields higher.
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.