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Making sense of the markets this week: January 18, 2021Each week, Cut the Crap Investing founder Dale Roberts shares financial headlines and offers context for Canadian investors. 
The stock markets kick off 2021
So far, the stock markets of 2021 have picked up where they left off in 2020: with more gains. 
And sector by sector, we are seeing some losers of 2020 becoming winners in 2021; most notably, energy and financials have turned things around. 
The following table is courtesy of Seeking Alpha. (YTD = Year to Date, the performance so far in 2021). This table is from Thurs., Jan. 14. 
Source: Seeking Alpha
Technology is taking a bit of a breather year-to-date, while REITs (real estate) continue to face pressure. Meanwhile, healthcare, those consumer discretionaries and basic materials continue to be Steady Eddies. 
And we see the rotation to smaller and mid-cap offerings that were left behind in 2020: 
Courtesy of S&P Global
Will inflation come calling?
Another theme that is gaining steam is the “threat” of meaningful and rising inflation…

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