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Annual Report (with Fund Holdings) — December 31, 2020
As we can all attest, 2020 was an extremely challenging year. After the initial economic shock of the springtime shutdown resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. economy recovered substantially from March and April lows. November’s momentous news of two effective vaccines buoyed hopes and signaled a light at the end of the tunnel. The news came on the heels of another development: the outcome of the U.S. presidential election. Along with the critically important support from the Federal Reserve and fiscal stimulus packages, these factors drove markets higher with stocks closing the year at record highs. Bond markets posted moderate gains, capping off a strong year. U.S. Treasury rates remained at historic lows, with modestly higher yields for longer-dated bond issues. The Federal Reserve’s near-zero rates are likely to remain in place for years.
Watch Now: Q4 2020 Market Review — Vaccine Fuels Healthy Finish for Investments
After a historically challenging year for Americans, investment markets finished 2020 with another positive quarter, closing at record highs for stocks. Bond markets posted moderate gains, capping off a strong year. In this most recent video, senior portfolio managers Mauricio Agudelo and Jim Polk discuss the macroeconomic backdrop, portfolio positioning and fund performance. Read the transcript.
Our Perspectives: Navigating a New Year — The Outlook for 2021
2020 was an unprecedented year, and it’s fair to say that 2021 will also be a year like no other. Here, we take a look at the state of the economy and investment markets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused tragic loss of life and stinging economic pain for so many Americans. With two effective vaccines already entering arms, the shape of 2021 is starting to come into focus. Here’s our take on what the year ahead could hold.
2020 4Q Market Review — Vaccine Fuels Healthy Finish for Investments
Stocks recovered substantially from first-quarter declines, though most categories of stocks remained below February peaks as of quarter-end. Bonds also posted gains as credit spreads, the difference in yields between non-government bonds and U.S. Treasuries, retreated from crisis levels.
Watch Now: What a year! What’s next?
2020 Capital Markets Review and 2021 Outlook: Homestead Funds’ CEO Mark Santero shares our thoughts on this unfolding year.
Our Perspectives: Consider Repositioning Your Short-Term Investments
When markets undergo extreme volatility, as we have seen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we get a lot of questions from investors about “moving to cash.” We are also hearing from many investors wondering about the impact of the Federal Reserve’s interest rate cuts, in terms of the impact on savings accounts and money market funds.