How Every Asset Class, Currency, and S&P 500 Sector Performed in 2021

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After the roller coaster of volatility in 2020, the majority of asset classes in 2021 saw positive returns as the world reopened for business. The Federal Reserve’s accommodative monetary policy, supply chain struggles, and high demand for fuels and raw materials for the clean energy transition largely shaped the markets. Alongside the rise in inflation, commodities and cryptocurrency outperformed as broad equity indices saw double-digit returns, with the S&P 500 rising by 26.9% in 2021. Markets Roundup for 2021: Speculation and the energy fuels for the world’s reopening were two of the main themes for … (full story)