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Ken Fisher Looks Back At Markets in 2021

Fisher Investments’ founder, Executive Chairman and Co-Chief Investment Officer Ken Fisher says 2021 had something good for everyone except bearish investors.




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Ken Fisher: So how did 2021 go? Well. Said simply. It was a great year for stocks. It was a pretty good year for bonds, low interest rates, but bond prices that everyone expected would fall through the year didn't. It was a year that gave a little bit of something to everybody except for the Bears. It started off with a big move early in the year toward near euphoria with. An emergence of special purpose acquisition companies, SPAC IPOs, setting records and having a. A form of dominance in the IPO market that they've never seen before. That near euphoric.

Ken Fisher: Bloom started fading as fears grew of inflation. Interest rate hikes. The continuity and evolution of the Delta variant. Later, the Omicron. As concerns built about the politics of America and the hostility between the parties, as you will remember full well. President Biden promised in his campaigns that he could unify the country. Clearly, the country is not unified. Doesn't really matter if you're on the Democratic side of that spectrum or the Republican side of that spectrum. You know, the country is not unified and there's people on both sides tend to blame the other side. But, you know, that's what we're as. Polarized as we've ever been, if not more so.

Ken Fisher: And the feature as the year progressed from the spring, is stock kept rising irregularly while more and more sentiment moved back toward just kind of normal optimism as opposed to the new euphoria. The SPAC market faded away and only a very few SPACs would come to prevail, and those only some of the most what you might view as spectacular ones. The reality of fears about. Interest rates going through the roof. Faded away. But with them, that did not become optimism. In fact, quite the contrary, as we moved toward a realm where early in the year. Fed Chair Jerome Powell had said. Boy, inflation is transitory to where he then said it's not transitory.

Ken Fisher: Now, if you've listened to me for any period of time, I always tell you, don't pay too much into what heads of the central bank say anyway. But that's neither here nor there. The fact is we've come to a world where people are very concerned about inflation and is inflation this big bad thing here to stay? And that's again brought optimism down. When optimism comes down and stocks keep going up. This is archetypal and 2021 was archetypal a year that moved to its back half, evidencing bull markets, climbing a wall of worry. All these things that people feared while stock kept going up anyway. And in fact in December we have set closing record highs and in that the bull market, as measured by the broad market, S&P 500 or the world. Has been. A strong one.

Ken Fisher: Growth has done a little better than value as I speak, but value's done pretty well. Small stocks, big stocks. This kind that kind is given a little bit of sum to everybody. And nobody's had a terrible time except the Bears. So as we think of that year, it's actually been overall a pretty darn good year, starting with a lot of optimism, near euphoria, moving to a just optimistic year. Overall, that's no longer euphoric. That's built a base that has the potential to endure. Thanks for listening to me.

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