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Putting Volatility in Perspective

No one likes volatility, but it is an unavoidable part of investing in stocks. Recent trading sessions in February 2018 have brought back market volatility quite dramatically.

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SAVANTalk - Winter 2018
This quarter's newsletter includes: 2018 Market Outlook, A Look Back at the Market's 2017 Run, Five Retirement Resolutions to Set in 2018, The Uncommon Average, and 4th quarter returns.

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Five Retirement Resolutions to Set in 2018 
One of the top concerns for Americans in their 60s is how to pay for retirement. To enter retirement with confidence, consider a plan that addresses these five key areas.

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2018 Outlook: Aging Like A Fine Wine

Reaping the benefits of the third longest U.S. expansion since 1945, investors have enjoyed very favorable market returns, low volatility, low inflation, and expanding household net worth.

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A Look Back at the Market's 2017 Run

2017 Presented Many Obstacles to Slalom Around and Moguls to Overcome

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The Uncommon Average
The U.S. stock market has delivered an average annual return of around 10% since 1926.1 But short-term results may vary, and in any given period stock...

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uncommon average, average annual return, stock return expectations
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Inflation Rising: Will Your Portfolio Keep Up?

A moderate pickup in U.S. inflation is beginning to resonate with markets in 2018. As underlying inflation data has begun to pick up, market-based inflation expectations have approached 2%, nearing levels not seen since mid-2014.

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inflation, labor markets, wage growth, weaker dollar, inflation-adjusted bonds, inflation-adjusted commodities, diversifying
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Market Update – January 2018

Global stocks (+5.4%) continued to push forward to start off the new year. All U.S. and international equity asset classes increased in the month of January – largely attributed to higher than expected corporate earnings and positive economic data.

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Market Update, Investment research, Federal Reserve, consumer confidence, positive economic data
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2017: A Year of Risks That Weren’t

Despite potential shocks, the U.S. and international markets proved unshakable in 2017. In fact, not only did markets dodge all of these bullets as if a character from ‘The Matrix’, but around the globe stocks generated robust returns with historically low volatility. 

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risk, risk-free rate, Sharpe Ratio, risk-adjusted returns, market shock, geopolitical risks, macroeconomic risks
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Market Update - December 2017

Global stocks (+1.6%) finished the year on a very strong note. Continued strength from emerging markets (+3.6%) pushed the asset class to a 37.3% gain during 2017! International stocks in aggregate led U.S. stocks over the course of 2017, helped by a weaker U.S. dollar. Aside from inflation-protected bonds (+0.9%), bonds were essentially flat during December to cap off a year of modest gains. Commodities also surged, up 3.0%, to end 2017 in positive territory.

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Market Update, global stocks, Federal Reserve, emerging markets, consumer confidence
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