Remembering the Pandemic: How the Market Went Crazy 3 Years Ago


It’s been exactly three years since the coronavirus pandemic started impacting financial markets. Today, as conditions show signs of returning to normal, Market Insights takes a look back at key moments that defined the crisis and recovery.

One Bearish Story After Another Seems to Be Hitting Crude Oil

One Bearish Story After Another Seems to Be Hitting Crude Oil: Coronavirus makes its first appearance on Market Insights as lockdowns in China pushed energy prices lower. U.S. investors initially ignored the crisis, letting the S&P 500 reach new highs a month after this article was published. (1/22/20)

The Anatomy of a Selloff: Just How Bad Is It?

Diagnosing the Coronavirus Selloff: Just How Bad Is It?: The selloff in U.S. stocks began with some of the fastest declines in years. Investors looked past strong economic data toward the coming recession. Energy and transports led the drops. (2/25/20)

Undercounting: A Potentially Bearish Twist to the Coronavirus Outbreak: The government’s estimate of infections was still in the double digits by late February. However some experts saw that number going much higher. (2/27/20)

Four Crazy Things Happened Last Week as The Market Freaked Out Over Coronavirus: Economic fears associated with lockdowns triggered some of the biggest moves in history. But a handful of stocks fared better, foreshadowing things to come. (3/2/20)

Suddenly, Everyone’s Talking About Rate Cuts: Investors looked for the Federal Reserve to slash interest rates as stocks crashed and the economy braced for a slowdown. One day after this article — and two weeks earlier than expected — Jerome Powell acted. (3/2/20)

How This Correction Is Unlike Anything in the History of the Stock Market: This article takes stock of the historic crash, showing how financial markets worked more efficiently than government officials. It also anticipates leadership in technology stocks. (3/12/20)

Three Potential Signs of a Turn, Even After Stocks Had Another Bearish Week: A new quarter begins and the selling ends. Market Insights details technical patterns and events that would bring the bulls back. (4/6/20)

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David Russell is Global Head of Market Strategy at TradeStation. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as a financial journalist and analyst, his background includes equities, emerging markets, fixed-income and derivatives. He previously worked at Bloomberg News, CNBC and E*TRADE Financial. Russell systematically reviews countless global financial headlines and indicators in search of broad tradable trends that present opportunities repeatedly over time. Customers can expect him to keep them appraised of sector leadership, relative strength and the big stories – especially those overlooked by other commentators. He’s also a big fan of generating leverage with options to limit capital at risk.