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Global equity markets were positive across the board for the first quarter, with Real Estate Investment Trusts (as measured by the Wilshire REIT Index) being the best performing asset class.
After another tough year for international stocks, we’re reminded of the popular Clash song from 1981 (Should I Stay or Should I Go). In 2019, investors may question the inclusion of international stocks in their investment portfolios.
Global equity markets were negative across the board for the fourth quarter, with US Small Cap (as measured by the Russell 2000) being the worst performing equity asset class, at -20.20%.
US markets had a positive second quarter, with the S&P 500 returning 3.43% and the Russell 2000 returning 7.75%. International developed markets declined 1.24% and Emerging Markets declined 7.96%.
Markets started strong in January, with the S&P 500 reaching an all-time high. Although economic indicators remained positive during the quarter, uncertainty regarding interest rates and trade policies loomed large.
With the help of a strong fourth quarter, 2017 gave investors a less volatile and record-shattering ride across nearly every major global asset class.
The U.S. economy saw slightly weaker growth during the third quarter with a 2.7% GDP estimate, down from 3.10% during the second quarter.
U.S. economic growth was stronger than initially estimated in the second quarter due to unexpected higher consumer spending and an increase in exports.
Individuals who suffer from hypochondria have an excessive preoccupation with their physical health, which manifests itself into an unrealistic fear of having a serious disease. As they focus on and worry about physical sensations, a cycle of symptoms and worry...
It’s interesting that Warren Buffett, the fourth wealthiest person in the world (according to Forbes) and one of our most successful investors, offers some sage investment advice to his adoring public that is largely ignored. His simple message to investors is to avoid trying to beat the market.