November 2020 was a solid month. After a disappointing October 2020, the S&P 500 and NASDAQ returned 10.8% and 11.8%, respectively. After November’s gains, the S&P 500 is up 12% for the year.
Could you have guessed that after being up ~30% in 2019, we’d be up another 12% during the middle of a pandemic? Not me. I would have been glad to have given up 10% of my 2019 gains. It’s possible I still could since the year isn’t over yet. However, many indicators are pointing to more gains in the future.
It is clear that positive vaccine news and more clarity after the presidential election has helped boost investor sentiment. I’m buying any 1%+ dips.
The theme for this review is, “everything is a teachable moment” because I’m in the thick of parenthood. We adults take for granted how much knowledge we’ve accumulated over the years and how little our children know. As a result, whenever we spend time with our children, we can teach them something new.
Here’s my November 2020 review so my ancestors and I will never forget what life was like during the pandemic.