2018 Year end market review

2018 Year end market review

After a tranquil 2017 for the markets, 2018 started out strong for stocks, but it certainly didn’t end that way. The markets did a complete 180 this past year. Volatility returned in a big way, and many leading stocks faltered towards the end of year. Here are some of the more notable stats from 2018:

2018 market ETF performance

DIA = -5.73%

SPY = -6.35%

QQQ = -0.96%

IWM = -12.17%

Top 5 market caps of 2018

Microsoft (MSFT) = $813.63B

Apple (AAPL) = $768.42B

Amazon (AMZN) = $752.71B

Google (GOOGL) = $727.25B

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) = $511.02B

Notable 2018 returns

Tilray (TLRY) = +215.05%

S&P 500 ETF (SPY) = -6.35%

Short volatility ETF (SVXY) = -92.42%

2018 was the year of the VIXpocalypse! This year saw the VIX have its biggest 1 day up move in its history! (See chart below)

2018 also saw the markets finally have a -10% correction, after not seeing one for almost 2 years! In fact, the S&P 500 also corrected -20% from its all time highs. This is the first -20% correction since 2011! (See chart below)


2018 was a very interesting year! I would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous New Year! Cheers!

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