Why Wall Street Flourishes as Main Street USA Goes Under
Fact: The stock market is not the economy
The stock market is not the economy.
Rarely has that adage been as clear as it is now. An amazing, months-long rally means the S&P 500 is roughly back to where it was before the coronavirus slammed the U.S, even though millions of workers are still getting unemployment benefits and businesses continue to shutter across the country.
The S&P 500, which is the benchmark index for stock funds at the heart of many 401(k) accounts, ended Wednesday at 3,380.35 after briefly topping its closing record of 3,386.15 set on Feb. 19. It's erased nearly all of the 34 percent plunge from February into March in less time than it takes a baby to learn how to crawl.
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