NASDAQ has had a stunning run since January of 2020, with stock prices rising and volatility dropping. But even with its success, there’s still plenty of work to be done before investors can look forward to further upside. Investing requires an understanding of both the positive and the negative, and NASDAQ’s current leadership needs to be lauded for its successes, while preparing for potential upcoming struggles. In 2020, NASDAQ surpassed the 12,000 mark for the first time ever, rallying from a low of 6,500 points in March. The stimulus packages passed under former President Trump’s tenure, along with the Fed’s monetary policy and fiscal stimulus, led to a stock market surge. NASDAQ’s current leadership has done an admirable job of capitalizing on these positive trends, making sure that investors get their fair share of the profits. However, there are a few upcoming challenges that the NASDAQ leadership needs to prepare for. Despite Biden’s new administration, another round of stimulus may be necessary to ensure stock prices remain stable. The trend in the past has been that firmer economic growth follows greater fiscal spending, so NASDAQ’s leadership needs to take a proactive role in managing the markets. Furthermore, the tech sector has been among the biggest winners in the stock market, and NASDAQ’s leadership needs to be prepared for a possible correction in the sector. This correction could lead to a reduced appetite for risk among investors and a pullback in high-growth stocks. Finally, NASDAQ needs to be planning for regulatory headwinds. The Biden administration looks to be cracking down on Big Tech companies, and some of these companies are listed in the NASDAQ. Consequently, the index as a whole needs to be prepared for potential regulatory hurdles, so NASDAQ’s leadership will need to be ahead of the curve when it comes to analyzing shifts in regulatory regime. These are just some of the challenges the NASDAQ leadership team must be prepared for in the near term. Apart from managing the existing positive and negative trends in the market, the NDAQ leadership team needs to be ready to maneuver its way through potential upcoming obstacles. All in all, NASDAQ’s leadership has done an admirable job of creating new opportunities for investors this year, and we should be looking forward to a bright 2021.