Nearly a decade into this historic bull market run, the S&P 500 Index posted its first calendar-year loss since 2008, finishing with a total return of -4.4%. This modest decline seems far worse after the fourth-quarter selloff.
Third Quarter 2018
As this historic bull market grinds ever-higher, some commonly-used axioms seem apropos to stock investors. “Patience is a virtue.” “Don’t miss the forest for the trees.” “Good things come to those who wait.” But the phrase “hindsight is 20/20” also applies.
Second Quarter 2018
It’s safe to say most people have seared into their memory a few important numbers: Social Security number, home address, phone number, kids’ birthdays and wedding anniversaries (hopefully).
First Quarter 2018
After nothing but smooth sailing in 2017, volatility returned with a vengeance in the first quarter of 2018. A very strong January rally was followed by two consecutive months of losses for the broader market.
Fourth Quarter 2017
2017 was a banner year for stock markets worldwide, and several other asset classes also finished with healthy gains. The S&P 500 Index has posted a positive return for 14 straight months, and 2017 was the first year ever in which the index’s total return was positive every single month.
Third Quarter 2017
Stocks jumped in the third quarter, with only a brief pause in August. Stocks in the U.S. continue to reach new highs despite several headwinds.
Second Quarter 2017
The first half of 2017 turned out to be a good run for stock and bond markets. The rally in stocks sparked by the U.S. election last November carried over into the New Year and continued on steadily through June.
First Quarter 2017
In the final days of the first quarter, Republicans in the House cancelled a vote to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Conservative and moderate factions within the party could not come to terms on what the bill should contain.
Fourth Quarter 2016
An eventful fourth quarter provided a fitting conclusion to a year that brought significant and often surprising changes in the world and the financial markets. November election results in the U.S. boosted stocks to a strong finish.
Third Quarter 2016
Stocks advanced around the world in the third quarter. The rally in early July was followed by a quiet two-month stretch of very low trading volume and volatility.
Second Quarter 2016
The relative calm in stock markets during most of the quarter was shattered by the surprise outcome of the British vote to leave the European Union (E.U.), now commonly known as “Brexit.” Markets worldwide reacted sharply to the news.
First Quarter 2016
On March 9th, the bull market in stocks reached its seventh anniversary. Over the seven years, the S&P 500 Index gained more than 240%, an annualized return of more than 19%! Much has happened during that time, but despite a few corrections along the way the bull market has remained intact.