(Friday, August 14, 2020; 7:30 p.m. EST) As if the coronavirus crisis never hit, retail sales, according to today's data from the U.S. Census Bureau, are back on track with their growth rate before the outbreak.
CARES Act stimulus, in the form of $1200 checks, $600 weekly unemployment bonuses, and Small Business Administration transfers to businesses, fueled the V-shaped-and-then-some recovery.
The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index closed Friday at 3,372.85, a fraction off the record high of 3386.15 on February 19, 2020, when the pandemic began a plunge in U.S. stock prices.
The S&P 500 closed up +0.64% from a week ago and +40.47% than its March 23rd bear market low.
Stock prices have swung wildly since the crisis began and volatility should be expected in the months ahead.
Volatility in the price of stocks, real estate and other assets, along with emergency relief in CARES Act amendments to the U.S. tax code, create an array of new tax planning strategies that can materially affect your long-term financial plan, and some of the new opportunities must be acted on before the end of 2020. Please contact us for information about your personal situation.
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