Deividas Urbanovičius: if changes in financial markets seem frightening, there are still predictable markets
While 2021 was a successful year for many financial markets, 2022 is a bear market (down year). We have compiled data that presents the developments in financial markets over the last few years, and we also provide insights into what has had the biggest impact.
2021: financial markets overview
The main US stock index - the S&P 500 - recorded more than +26% gain.
The main European stock index, the STOXX Europe 600, gained more than +18%.
The most popular cryptocurrency - Bitcoin - recorded a price increase of +58% over 2021.
There are several reasons for this strong performance:
Stimulative monetary policy measures by central banks - low interest rates, various bond, and asset purchase programs, which have increased the money supply and made it cheaper on the market.
The intensifying vaccine campaign around the world has led to the lifting of mild or total quarantines.
Producers' and consumers' expectations of the future outlook were at a high. This boosted consumption, created jobs, and raised the economic level of countries.
2022: financial markets overview
The main US stock index - the S&P 500 - has fallen by more than -21% since the beginning of the year.
The main European stock - the STOXX Europe 600 - has lost more than -17% over the same period.
The most popular cryptocurrency - Bitcoin - has fallen more than -54% since the beginning of the year.
In 2022, the situation in financial markets has changed for several key reasons:
Problems related to the disruption of global supply chains continue.
The highly rapid appreciation of raw materials.
Ultra-loose monetary and fiscal policies have led to the highest inflation levels in decades.
War in Ukraine.
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- Vilnius Old Town: 4.9%;
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