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2021 in the rear-view mirror

Some of the year's biggest trends and headlines seemed transformational, but in hindsight, the market continued marching on.

As 2021 comes to an end, let’s reflect on the rollercoaster ride we took together.

In January, while we were still in the midst of the global pandemic, we witnessed an insurrection at the Capitol. Thankfully, our government was able to usher in a smooth presidential transition and we quickly returned to business as usual.

Throughout the year, different market themes arose — and some repeated themselves often. Some of the trends and headlines seemed transformational, but in hindsight, the market continued marching on — so much so that you may not even remember some of the issues that captured our attention. 

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• Special-purpose acquisition companies — better known as SPACs — became one of Wall Street’s hottest trends, accounting for more than two-thirds of Nasdaq’s initial public offerings in January.

• “Meme stocks” — including GameStop, AMC Entertainment and Blackberry — made headlines with excessive trading volume from investors who targeted them on social media.

• COVID continues to weigh heavily on the minds of investors, from the availability and adoption of vaccinations and boosters to the emergence of variants.

Inflation – from transitory to the highest inflation reading since the early 1980s — caused some investors to worry about a market correction.

• The cost of shipping a container spiked, and supply-chain bottlenecks sent a ripple effect through the economy.

• Commodity prices — such as lumber and used car prices — rose and fell.

• Housing prices reached record-setting levels, thanks to the pandemic and a move toward a remote workforce.

• The pandemic intensified discussions about sustainability and the financial markets, bringing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing more into the mainstream.

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So, what can we learn from all this? COVID is still taking a terrible toll on the U.S. and the world. Even with the new Omicron variant, the U.S. economy looks solid and supply-chain bottlenecks may be easing. We think investors need to be ready to ride the COVID rollercoaster for years to come. 

Panic is not a strategy when dips occur. When the market falls and volatility rises, the plan is to stay the course and consider those opportunities as buying chances, not as a time to panic and sell.

We gladly welcomed clients back to our office in 2021, and we look forward to seeing you again in our office in 2022. We continue to stay connected with you through Zoom or in person. Our team continues to have our daily internal meetings every morning and night via Zoom to ensure we stay connected and work together.

Our No. 1 priority is to take care of you, our clients, and we are proud of the work we have done this year. We are grateful for you!


This material contains an assessment of the market and economic environment at a specific point in time and is not intended to be a forecast of future events, or a guarantee of future results. Forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied. Information is based on data gathered from what we believe are reliable sources.

Using diversification as part of your investment strategy neither assures nor guarantees better performance and cannot protect against loss of principal due to changing market conditions.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect those held by Kestra Investment Services, LLC or Kestra Advisory Services, LLC. This is for general information only and is not intended to provide specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual. It is suggested that you consult your financial professional, attorney, or tax advisor with regard to your individual situation.

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