(Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020; 10:00 PM EST) Stocks posted a +8.9% gain in the third quarter of 2020, following a +20.5% gain in the second quarter of 2020, which followed a -19.6% Covid-related loss in the first quarter of 2020.
U.S. stocks were the second-best performing of the 13 different asset classes represented here in the upper-right chart.
The Chinese stock market's 33.2% return in the third quarter of 2020 bested major regional foreign markets shown in the upper left. Emerging markets, which are heavily invested in Chinese stocks were the No. 2 performer among major foreign regional stock markets.
Growth stocks led the S&P 500's strong gain.
Stocks had hit an all-time high on February 19, 2020, before plunging 33.9% when the outbreak hit the U.S. Stocks recovered and broke a new all-time high on September 20, 2020 before settling lower at the end of the third quarter.
Keep in mind, stocks are just one part of a diversified portfolio and that the Covid epidemic makes year-end tax planning an urgent priority right now.
For individuals earning more than $400,000 or with a net worth of $5.8 million or more, the likelihood of higher taxes makes tax planning a priority.
While the election results will determine exactly what strategies are best in your personal situation, the expected delay in the results this year makes it wise to begin evaluating your best choices. While managing your portfolio is important, tax planning at this pivotal moment in U.S. tax policy may preserve your assets strategically and action may be required by the end of the year, which makes this an urgent tax alert.
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