Events to Watch in 2020

A stellar 2019 will be a tough act to follow, making it critical to monitor potential risk factors.

January 08, 2020

Equity markets had a fantastic year, with U.S. markets soaring 31%, international markets climbing 22%, and emerging markets rising 18%.1 After retracing losses from a brutal fourth quarter in 2018, widespread gains in 2019 were fueled by central bank easing and falling rates. After hiking rates 100 basis points in 2018, the Fed pivoted in 2019 and cut rates by 75 basis points. U.S. monetary policy is still expected to be data dependent going forward, so economic indicators will be meaningful as they come in. While markets seem to be roaring into 2020, there is much to watch when it comes to issues like Brexit, U.S.-China trade deal, and U.S. presidential elections. The calendar below can help you keep track of key economic data releases, central bank meetings, and geopolitical events that can potentially have a significant impact on global markets.

2020 Calendar of Events

2020 Calendar of Events
1Q 2020
2Q 2020
3Q 2020
4Q 2020
U.S.Employment Situation
Jan 10
Feb 7
Mar 6
Apr 3
May 8
Jun 5
Jul 2
Aug 7
Sep 4
Oct 2
Nov 6
Dec 4
Jan 14
Feb 13
Mar 11
Apr 10
May 12
Jun 10
Jul 14
Aug 12
Sep 11
Oct 13
Nov 12
Dec 10
Jan 30
Apr 29
Jul 30
Oct 29
FOMC Meeting
Jan 29
Mar 18
Apr 29
Jun 10
Jul 29
Sep 16
Nov 5
Dec 16
ECB Meeting
Jan 23
Mar 12
Apr 30
Jun 4
Jul 16
Sep 10
Oct 29
Dec 10
BoE Meeting
Jan 30
Mar 26
May 7
Jun 18
Aug 6
Sep 17
Nov 5
Dec 17
BoJ Meeting
Jan 21
Mar 19
Apr 28
Jun 16
Jul 22
Sep 17
Oct 29
Dec 18
World Economic Forum
Jan 21-24
Brexit Negotiation Deadlines
Jan 31
Mar 1
Nov 26
Dec 31
OPEC Conference
Mar 5
Jun 9
World Bank & IMF Meeting
Apr 17-19
Oct 17-19
G20 Summit
Nov 21-22
U.S. Presidential Election
Nov 3
U.S. Equity Bull Market Anniversary
Mar 9

Source: PGIM Investments, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Federal Reserve, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

1Source: Morningstar as of 12/31/19. U.S. markets represented by the S&P 500, international markets represented by the MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index, and emerging markets represented by MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

The MSCI All Country World ex-U.S. Index is an unmanaged and free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed and emerging markets, excluding the U.S. It comprises approximately 22 developed and 24 emerging market country indexes.

The MSCI Emerging Markets Index is an equity index covering 23 countries representing 10% of world market capitalization. The Index is available for a number of regions, market segments/sizes and covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each of the 23 countries.

The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 common stocks of large U.S. companies, weighted by market capitalization. It gives a broad look at how U.S. stock prices have performed.

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