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February 2021 Market Recap

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The S&P 500® Index climbed 2.76% for the month of February, bringing its year-to-date return to 1.72%. From the start of the month through February 12, the S&P 500® Index climbed 6.01% on positive-trending developments surrounding COVID-19 paired with growing prospects for additional fiscal stimulus. The strong equity market rally was interrupted by increasing concerns surrounding the outlook for inflation and rising interest rates, which led the S&P 500® Index to decline 3.07% from February 12 through month-end.
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Familiar Factors Present as the VIX® Nears Record Run

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Despite new all-time highs for the S&P 500® Index in January, the Cboe® Volatility Index (the VIX®) remained above 20 throughout the month and extended its streak of consecutive business days above 20 to 237. The last time the VIX® posted a daily closing value below 20 was February 21, 2020. As the chart below shows, it is not uncommon for the VIX® to remain elevated after extreme volatility spikes, but the current streak stands out relative to other post-spike time periods.


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January 2021 Market Recap

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Despite advancing 2.73% from the start of the year through January 25, the S&P 500® Index declined 1.01% for the month. Growing concerns over the deteriorating prospects for a sizable economic stimulus package paired with volatility caused by investor speculation in stocks with high levels of short interest drove the S&P 500® Index to a decline of 3.64% over the last four trading days of the month.
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