The ETF Portfolio Strategist: 15 Jan 2021

In this issue:

  • The small-cap equity rally continues
  • Portfolio-strategy benchmarks take a hit
  • Broad-based market losses weigh on managed-risk strategies

Small-cap stocks are pricing in a rosy 2021: There are still plenty of risks lurking, including uncertainty over what the incoming Biden administration will be able to accomplish. The President-elect on Thursday outlined an ambitious $1.9 trillion pandemic relief program that, if enacted, would go a long way in juicing the economy. Whether his policy prescription survives the tortured politics of the Beltway in the weeks ahead is an open question. For now, shares in the small-cap realm appear to be anticipating a rosy year ahead (or at least one that compares favorably vs. annus horribilis that just ended).

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