The Big Picture: Six Decades in Markets

December 6, 2021 | By: David Pett

The Big Picture: Six Decades in Markets

A timeline of key U.S. economic and market statistics to commemorate AGF’s 65th anniversary in 2022.



The global economy and financial markets rung up some of their strongest numbers in years over the past twelve months. In the United States, for example, GDP growth is forecast by some to be 5.5% on an annual average basis in 2022, while the country’s inflation rate recently soared to 6.2% and its unemployment rate dropped to 4.2%. Moreover, the S&P 500 Index has gained 23% year-to-date through November, the U.S. 10-year Treasury yield is hovering near 1.35% – or 40 basis points higher than it was this time last year – and both oil and gold prices are holding in at US$65 per barrel and US$1750 per ounce, respectively.

Yet, as impressive as all of that sounds, the more interesting question may be how these figures stack up to previous periods. After all, understanding the big picture goes a long way to achieving one’s investment goals. With that in mind, here are six full decades of economic and financial statistics highlighting the various market environments that AGF, together with its clients, has navigated since the firm’s launch 65 years ago this April.  

The following U.S. figures are based on averages and where applicable, rounded to the nearest dollar.

Infographic showimg Markets statistics from the 1960's to the 2010's

Source: AGF Investments Inc. as of November 30, 2021 with data compiled from various sources: Ned Davis Research, Bloomberg LP., U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Infographic showimg Markets statistics from the 1960's to the 2010's
Infographic showimg Markets statistics from the 1960's to the 2010's
Infographic showimg Markets statistics from the 1960's to the 2010's
Infographic showimg Markets statistics from the 1960's to the 2010's
Infographic showimg Markets statistics from the 1960's to the 2010's
Infographic showimg Markets statistics from the 1960's to the 2010's

Source: AGF Investments Inc. as of November 30, 2021 with data compiled from various sources: Ned Davis Research, Bloomberg LP., U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

The commentaries contained herein are provided as a general source of information based on information available as of December 6, 2021 and are not intended to be comprehensive investment advice applicable to the circumstances of the individual. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in these commentaries at the time of publication, however, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Market conditions may change and AGF Investments accepts no responsibility for individual investment decisions arising from the use or reliance on the information contained here.

The views expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the opinions of AGF, its subsidiaries or any of its affiliated companies, funds or investment strategies.

References to specific securities are presented to illustrate the application of our investment philosophy only and do not represent all of the securities purchased, sold or recommended for the portfolio. It should not be assumed that investments in the securities identified were or will be profitable and should not be considered recommendations by AGF Investments.

AGF Investments is a group of wholly owned subsidiaries of AGF Management Limited, a Canadian reporting issuer. The subsidiaries included in AGF Investments are AGF Investments Inc. (AGFI), AGF Investments America Inc. (AGFA), AGF Investments LLC (AGFUS) and AGF International Advisors Company Limited (AGFIA). AGFA and AGFUS are registered advisors in the U.S. AGFI is registered as a portfolio manager across Canadian securities commissions. AGFIA is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland and registered with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. The subsidiaries that form AGF Investments manage a variety of mandates comprised of equity, fixed income and balanced assets.

This document is for use by Canadian accredited investors, European professional investors, U.S. qualified investors or for advisors to support the assessment of investment suitability for investors.

® The “AGF” logo is a registered trademark of AGF Management Limited and used under licence.

RO:1933876

Our website uses cookies to help you get the best experience. Please Accept or click Edit to control your settings.