Some U.S. indices climbed during Monday’s trading after Donald Trump signed the U.S. economic relief bill that was passed by Congress last week.
Trump originally refused to sign the bill, sending the government into a deadlock. After five days, he came around to signing the bill, but requested some amendments. The signing helped to avoid a federal government shutdown.
The president demanded that direct payments to the American public should be raised to US$2000 instead of US$600, a proposal that was backed by the House. He also sent a request to Congress to remove some items, which he deemed “wasteful,” from the bill.
Among others, the bill grants billions of dollars in aid for the global pandemic, such as vaccines, public health and contact tracing. It also grants aid for education, food pantry programs and other establishments and organizations that have been adversely affected by the virus.
Stimulus for the Markets
The signing attracted traders' attention yesterday, as some U.S. indices reached new highs. The S&P 500 (USA 500) rose 1.3% and the Dow Jones (USA30) went up 1%, while the Nasdaq 100 (US-Tech 100) climbed 1.4%. Other indices also gained, such as the German DAX (Germany 30), which climbed 1%, and Japan’s Nikkei 225 (Japan 225), which rose 1.8% and reached a-30 year high this morning.
With COVID vaccines starting to be widely distributed and the stimulus bill being passed, it remains to be seen what their effects will be during the pandemic and the markets as we head into the new year.