As Americans return to their homes post-pandemic, the stock market has welcomed the economic recovery with a glowing endorsement; the Dow Jones Industrial Average skyrocketed, hitting an all-time high of 30,259. The surge in the stock market demonstrates that the U.S. economy is firmly on the road to recovery on the back of excess liquidity and optimism. The root cause of the recovery can be traced back to late 2020, when the passage of the $2 trillion CARES act allowed for unprecedented levels of monetary stimulus to reach American households and businesses. As individuals got direct payments, which played a part in driving up consumer spending, businesses got loans and payroll tax benefits for their employees, all of which have served to boost the stock market. The Biden administration has continued to pour resources into the fight against the pandemic, in the form of funding for vaccinations and the passage of another round of monetary stimulus known as the American Rescue Plan. These factors have further spurred investor confidence and continued the rally in the stock market. At the same time, there has been a spectacular boom in the tech sector, as mega-cap tech stocks such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have seen massive growth. The success of these stocks is a reflection of the market’s faith in the digital economy, which has been further reinforced by the shift towards working from home, which made tech investments even more attractive to investors. Despite the stock market’s surge, economists have cautioned that the dramatic rise in the stock market may not be sustainable in the long run. In particular, overheating in any asset class could lead to a sharp correction going forward, which may temporarily put a halt to the stock market rally. Additionally, the economic recovery still has a long way to go and any setbacks, such as a resurgence of the pandemic, could prove catastrophic for the stock market. Overall, the latest surge in the stock market indicates that the U.S. economy is on the road to recovery. However, investors should remain aware of the potential risks that could derail the current bullish streak.