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The Coronavirus’ Effect on the Investment & Securities Industry, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

The Coronavirus pandemic had significant effects on the investment and securities industry as follows:
=         Stock markets plummeted during early concern about the extent of potential economic damage, business closings and layoffs.
=         Government agencies in many nations, particularly the U.S. Congress, Treasury and Federal Reserve, enacted extensive stimulus and support packages.  In some cases, governments propped-up markets, especially bond markets, but also including stock markets.
=         One major, and intentional, part of this stimulus was record-low interest rates.
=         These low interest rates, combined with optimism about vaccines and an eventual economic rebound, boosted stock indexes, in some cases to record levels. 
=         Corporations took advantage of low interest rates to issue massive numbers of debt instruments, and many issued new stock, including IPOs.  Mergers and acquisitions also boomed.
=         Banks and investment banks enjoyed massive profits from trading, advisory services, stock and bond issuance, and other activities.  Meanwhile, the cost to consumers of making a trade fell to record low levels, even zero cost in many cases.
=         Work-from-home, shelter-at-home consumers took up online trading and investing in massive numbers.

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