113. Reflecting on 2020 and the madness of markets

A lot happened in 2020 and, to make sense of all that happened, FundCalibre’s Staci West breaks down the biggest topics of the year and most memorable moments. From the global pandemic to negative oil prices, the US election and UK dividends, she talks about the impact each had on our investments.
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The past 12 months have been a roller-coaster ride for investors. Having started the year positively, we experienced the fastest bear market in history, traders effectively paid suppliers NOT to deliver barrels of oil, Shell cut its dividend for the first time since World War II and Brexit went right down to wire. We reflect on 2020.

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What’s covered in this podcast:

  • How stock markets reacted to the global pandemic and its impact on the economy [0:13]
  • Why the oil price turned negative [1:33]
  • How the search for income became harder when dividends were cut and suspended [2:40]
  • Which funds and trusts are still paying a decent income [3:56]
  • The initial reaction to the US election and prospects for US companies [5:05]
  • The first piece of good news on vaccines [6:38]
  • The eleventh hour Brexit deal [7:39]
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