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U.S. equities closed out 2021 on the downside, but all three major indexes registered solid gains on a yearly basis for the third-straight year, with the S&P 500 notching record highs 70 times along the way. Equity news and economic reports were in short supply and volume was light, but investors continued to assess the omicron variant, solid economic and earnings growth, rising inflation pressures, and the commencement of monetary policy tightening. Treasuries were mostly higher to apply modest downside pressure on yields, and the U.S. dollar traded lower, while gold gained ground and crude oil prices saw pressure. Asia finished mixed to close out the year, and Europe dipped in an abbreviated session, with several markets in both regions closed for the holiday.
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Despite the strong year for stocks in 2021, markets have confidently priced in some negative trends gathering more momentum in 2022 which may help markets, should trends reverse.
As we look to the new year, what can investors expect from the markets in 2022?
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Will a chip shortage give way to oversupply?
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Some of the market’s recent pressures are showing signs of easing.
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Find out why you should have a trade plan—and the five elements that may help you put it to work successfully.
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Schwab's views on the Communication Services sector.
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Schwab's views on the Consumer Discretionary sector.
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Schwab's views on the Consumer Staples sector.
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Schwab's views on the Energy sector.
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