Quarterly market outlook - 1st Quarter, 2021

Our investment strategists provide the Edward Jones perspective on the latest economic activity and what it may mean for investors.

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The Quarterly Market Outlook offers our perspective on recent activity in the capital markets. The Edward Jones Investment Policy Committee offers its viewpoints on the U.S. economy, equities, the bond market, international markets and asset classes, as well as a special topic of interest to investors each quarter.

These aren’t short-term predictions. Rather, this is Edward Jones’ perspective on market and economic topics designed to help you make decisions affecting your long-term financial strategy. As you read through each topic, you'll find specific actions you can discuss with your  financial advisor.

Year in review

Stocks finished 2020 with an 18% gain but took an unprecedented path to get there.

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Economic outlook

Widespread COVID-19 vaccine distribution, low interest rates and government aid should help extend the bull market.

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Equity outlook

Even after a 60% rally closed out 2020, we think equities have more gas in the tank.

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Fixed-income outlook

Bond yields will remain muted by historical standards, but fixed income can help protect against spurts of market volatility.

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International outlook

Global growth will start the year on a weak note but accelerate later to likely the fastest pace in the last 10 years.

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Investing lessons from 2020

Despite the pandemic, 2020 proved to be a year of resiliency for the financial markets and provides some valuable investing lessons.

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Asset class outlook

Get our latest guidance on diversifying by asset class.

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Quarterly market outlook - Full report from Edward Jones

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