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Main events of 2020

Main events of 2020

30 December 2020

In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, the outgoing year of 2020 turned out to be unprecedented in every sense. The world economy has undergone serious shocks, states had to go to extreme measures, introduce large-scale lockdowns, and close entire sectors. On the threshold of a new, 2021, Aravana CM experts decided to recall the main events of the past year.

January

USA and China signed a trade deal

UK officially seceded from the European Union

February

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation lowered its key rate to 6%.

Coronavirus gets its official name COVID-19

March

The US Federal Reserve has cut the rate to 1-1.25%. Later, the Fed urgently lowered the rate to 0-0.25%.

OPEC + deal collapsed, which only worsened the situation on the oil market during the pandemic

The Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation began selling currencies to stabilize the ruble rate due to the fall in oil prices. The maximum ruble weakened to 81.97 rubles. for the dollar.

April

OPEC + again sits down at the negotiating table and negotiates a large reduction in production in order to somehow compensate for the drop in oil demand.

The price of oil futures turned negative for the first time in history.

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation lowered the key rate to 5.5%

May

Halving took place on the Bitcoin network and block reward decreased from 12.5 to 6.25 bitcoins

SpaceX successfully launched a spacecraft

June

It became known about the “divorce” of Yandex and Sberbank. As a result, Yandex.Market completely switched to Yandex, and Yandex.Money (YuMoney) to Sberu.

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation lowered its key rate to 4.5%.

July

The Central Bank of the Russian Federation lowered its key rate to 4.25%.

August

The S&P 500 index renewed its all-time high, completely closing the covid drop.

September

The second wave of coronavirus has begun to develop in the world.

October

Companies started to publish reports.

The results of tech and internet giants Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook surpassed consensus forecasts for revenue and earnings. Nevertheless, the shares of these companies, except for Alphabet (GOOGL + 8.62%), closed in the red at the end of the month – AAPL -6.79%, AMZN -5.75%, FB -1.32%.

The largest energy corporations have reported huge losses. The leaders of the US oil and gas industry ExxonMobil XOM -1.45%, Chevron CVX -1.31%.

November

In the United States, the election of the President of the United States took place. Joe Biden won.

The world’s largest IPO of Jack Ma’s Chinese fintech company Ant Group has failed.

December

Tesla shares included in the S&P 500 index

Bitcoin surpasses the $ 20,000 mark


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