2021 in review
Most of us would have started 2021 with the hope that the worst of the COVID crisis was behind us, and some return to normality was just around the corner. We were quickly dislodged from this hopeful place with new variants of the pandemic virus emerging, ongoing lockdowns and travel restrictions, and vaccination resistance and protests.
Nevertheless, the monetary response to the resulting economic downturn has been strong, benefiting all asset classes, especially equities. Here we take a look at how 2021 evolved.
The review attached is in three parts:
Section 1 comments on markets and factors.
Section 2 looks at some of the major themes of 2021, including ETF fund flows, ESG, YFYS (“Your Future Your Super”) and macro factors (primarily inflation and GDP growth and their expectations).
Section 3 discusses how Realindex has evolved as a business during 2021, and drills down into attribution and performance of our portfolios.
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