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2020 Year in Review

December 8, 2020

2020 Year in Review

Bear and Back Again

The U.S. equity market has never spiralled into bear market territory as swiftly as it did in 2020. Nor has it ever recovered as quickly to reach new all-time highs.

Bear Market Decline Graph 2020
Source: Bloomberg LP and Cornerstone Research Inc. as of October 31, 2020.

March Madness

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) hit levels in early 2020 not experienced since the Global Financial Crisis.
A graph that looks at how the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) hit levels in early 2020 not experienced since the Global Financial Crisis.
Source: Bloomberg LP as of November 30, 2020. An index cannot be invested in directly.

Growth Spurt

Equity returns were driven in large part by the outperformance of growth stocks in 2020, but value stocks have gained ground more recently.
A graph showing that equity returns were driven in large part by the outperformance of growth stocks in 2020, but value stocks have gained ground more recently.
Source: Bloomberg LP, as of November 25, 2020. Growth is represented by the S&P 500 Growth Index. Value is represented by the S&P 500 Value Index. An index cannot be invested in directly.

Whatever it Takes

Debt-to-GDP ratios ballooned in 2020 as economic growth collapsed and global governments met the challenge of the pandemic with close to US$12-trillion in new fiscal stimulus measures.
A graph that compares the Debt-to-GDP ratios in 2019 and 2020.
Source: International Monetary Fund Fiscal Monitor, October 2020.

ESG Uninterrupted

Assets under management for sustainable investment strategies continued to grow in 2020.
A graph that shows how assets under management for sustainable investment strategies has continued to grow from 2010 to 2020.
Source: RBC US Equity Strategy. Morningstar. AUM is through 9/30/2020.

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