Market Thoughts for May 2021

Posted by Brad McMillan, CFA, CAIA, MAI, May 3, 2021


April was a good month for the markets. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq gained more than 5 percent, while the Dow was up almost 3 percent. These returns were driven, in part, by the medical news, with new case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths all down. While the medical risks declined, reopening accelerated. Job growth rose, and weekly layoffs dropped. Consumer confidence and spending also improved.

Will these positive trends persist? Watch Brad’s latest Market Thoughts video to find out.



Authored by Brad McMillan, CFA®, CAIA, MAI, managing principal, chief investment officer, at Commonwealth Financial Network®

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