NEW YORK (AP) — It was one year ago that the terrifying free fall for the stock market suddenly ended, ushering in one of its greatest runs.
After plunging nearly 34%, the S&P 500 hit bottom on March 23, 2020, even though the coronavirus pandemic worsened in the ensuing months.
Massive support from the Federal Reserve and Congress set a limit for how far stock prices would fall.
As time passed, coronavirus vaccines helped stocks shoot even higher.
So did legions of first-time investors.
It all led to a 75% surge for the S&P 500, as well as worries that prices went too far, too fast.