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Mark Gilbert and Marcus Ashworth

How Markets Can Defy Gravity Again in 2021

Here are 10 charts suggesting 2020’s trends will be your friend in the coming year.

No reason for fear?

No reason for fear?

Photographer: Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

With the pandemic threatening to trash the global economy, governments have opened the fiscal spigots and central banks have pumped even more money into the monetary system. Financial assets, from stocks to bonds to Bitcoin, have responded by rallying to record highs. Hopes that vaccinations can replace lockdowns as the best defense against the coronavirus are feeding expectations that the trend — mostly — is likely to continue in 2021.

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