The 2020 Year in Review- HOW PRICEACTION PERFORMED IN 2020


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  • US equity markets closed higher on the day and on the quarter; DJIA +1.2% (+7.6% Q3), S&P 500 +0.8% (+8.5% Q3), Nasdaq +0.7% (+11.0% Q3), and Russell 2000 0.2% (+4.6% Q3).
  • Canada’s real GDP by industry output advanced 3.0% month on month (m/m) in July, matching the flash estimate from last month as output climbed in all 20 major industries. (IHS Markit Economist Arlene Kish)
  • European equity markets closed lower; France -0.6%, Germany/UK -0.5%, Italy -0.2%, and Spain flat.
  • Germany’s retail sales surprised positively in August as the VAT cut enacted on 1 July apparently had a lagged boosting effect. Shopping-day-adjusted year-on-year (y/y) rates reached 8.8% in nominal terms and 7.2% in real terms, well above long-term averages of 1.3% and 0.6%, respectively. (IHS Markit Economist Timo Klein)
  • APAC equity markets closed mixed; Australia -2.3%, Japan -1.5%, Mainland China -0.2%, India +0.3%, Hong Kong +0.8%, and South Korea +0.9%.



  • Global equities declined in October. The US presidential election and rising Covid-19 cases in many countries, notably across Europe, were the main focus for investors. Corporate bonds outperformed government bonds.
  • US shares fell amid rising Covid-19 cases, uncertainty over the presidential election, and lack of progress on further fiscal stimulus.
  • Eurozone shares declined, underperforming other regions, as Covid-19 infections rose sharply and a number of countries reintroduced national lockdown measures.
  • UK equities fell amid renewed fears around a pick-up in Covid-19 cases. At the very end of the month, the UK government abandoned a tiered system in favor of uniform restrictions across England.
  • Japanese shares declined, largely due to the renewed uncertainty affecting other global regions. Japan’s success in containing the virus saw it announce measures to encourage consumer spending in restaurants.
  • Emerging market equities gained due to expectations of additional fiscal stimulus in the US. The prospect of more stable trade relations with the US under a potential Biden presidency also proved beneficial.
  • In fixed income, the US 10-year yield rose (meaning prices fell) which seemed to reflect rising hopes of economic stimulus. However, European yields fell (i.e. prices rose) as Covid-19 cases increased and lockdowns returned.
  • Commodities registered a negative return. The energy was the weakest component with crude oil falling sharply on concerns over weaker demand related to the coronavirus.



  • Global equities rallied strongly in November, mainly due to several vaccines proving effective against Covid-19. The improved risk appetite saw corporate bonds outperform government bonds. 
  • US equities surged as vaccine breakthroughs sparked investor optimism that a return to economic normality is insight. Joe Biden won the presidential election.
  • In the eurozone, expectations of global recovery supported shares, with the region a particular beneficiary given its high exposure to global trade.
  • UK equities performed well, helping them to recoup some of their year-to-date underperformance versus other regions. The sentiment was also helped by hopes that a “no-deal” Brexit might be avoided.
  • The MSCI Asia ex-Japan index recorded its highest return in more than four years. US dollar weakness amplified returns.
  • Japan’s equity market rallied, driven by vaccine-related news and the slow-motion results from the US presidential election.  
  • Emerging market equities registered a robust return. Value outperformed growth, while Latin America and emerging Europe outperformed emerging Asia. 
  • Government bond yields were volatile during the month, with large swings around the US election and vaccines news. Corporate and emerging markets bonds performed well. 
  • Commodities delivered a positive return, aided in part by a weaker US dollar. The energy was the best-performing component. 



  • Agreement on a post-Brexit trade deal was prone to be declared inside the space of days, following nine months of convoluted dealings.
  • Ambassadors speaking to the EU part states are now going through a portion of the 2,000 pages of legal content that have been settled upon. 
  • Given the numerous unpredictable bends in the road in the Brexit exchanges, the chance of a very late hitch remains, however, the last call is hoped to be planned for the evening of 24th
  • BOC said  reiterates that rates will not go up until economic slack is absorbed, this will not happen until 2023
  • Monetary policy decisions:

-the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility will remain unchanged

– increase the envelope of the pandemic emergency purchase program (PEPP) by €500 billion to a total of €1,850 billion

-Third, the Governing Council decided to further recalibrate the conditions of the third series of targeted longer-term refinancing operations (TLTRO III)

-the Governing Council decided to extend to June 2022 the duration of the set of collateral easing measures adopted by the Governing Council on 7 and 22 April 2020.

-Fifth, the Governing Council also decided to offer four additional pandemic emergency longer-term refinancing operations (PELTROs) in 2021, 

-Sixth, net purchases under the asset purchase program (APP) will continue at a monthly pace of €20 billion.

-Seventh, the Eurosystem repo facility for central banks (EUREP) and all temporary swap and repo lines with non-euro area central banks will be extended until March 2022.

-Finally, the Governing Council decided to continue conducting its regular lending operations as fixed rate tender procedures with full allotment at the prevailing conditions for as long as necessary.

  • ECB’s Lagarde: Economy Seen Shrinking In Q4
  • Services Activity Severely Curbed
  • Inflation Remains Very Low
  • Incoming Data Suggest More Pronounced Near Term Impact Of Pandemic
  • Germany’s Altmaier: Covid-19 Lockdown Will Be Extended
  • FDA approves Pfizer’s Covid vaccine for emergency use as the U.S. reaches a pivotal moment in the pandemic
  • German economy shows ongoing resilience in December
  • U.S. retail sales decreased more than expected in November



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