2018 Market Review

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After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in US dollar terms in 2018. Common news stories in 2018 included reports on global economic growth, corporate earnings, record low unemployment in the US, the implementation of Brexit, US trade wars with China and other countries, and a flattening US Treasury yield curve. Global equity markets delivered positive returns through September, followed by a decline in the fourth quarter, resulting in a –4.4% return ...

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Should You Diversify?

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As 2019 approaches, and with US stocks outperforming non-US stocks in recent years, some investors have again turned their attention towards the role that global diversification plays in their portfolios. 

For the five-year period ending October 31, 2018, the S&P 500 Index had an annualized return of 11.34% while the MSCI World ex USA Index returned 1.86%, and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index returned 0.78%. As US stocks have outperformed international and emerging markets stocks over the last ...

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Market Volatility

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After a period of relative calm in the markets, in recent days the increase in volatility in the stock market has resulted in renewed anxiety for many investors.

From September 30th to November 20th, the US market (as measured by the Dow Jones Total US Stock Market Index) fell -10%, resulting in many investors wondering what the future holds and if they should make changes to their portfolios. While it may be difficult to remain calm during a ...

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Diversification: Alternatives – Risk Reduction or Added Complexity and Costs

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If there’s one thing you can count on, both in life and investing, its’ uncertainty. That’s why we save and invest to begin with. We save and invest today, hoping our money will grow. We act on our aspirations for a bright financial future, but we never know for sure.

It stands to reason, then, if there were a credible, evidence-based way to ...

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7 Things To Do Right Now While Market Volatility Returns

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On Friday, the Dow closed down almost 600 points (2.34%) on trade war fears. However, the markets are not tanking as we write this piece. In fact, overall market temperatures have been so mild for so long, many newer investors and us seasoned investors have forgotten what volatility feels like and how panic-inducing those times can be.

Experience and evidence alike show us how severely volatile markets test investor resolve, sabotage otherwise solid plans, and just plain hurt. ...

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Turning Out the Noise

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Dimensional video: Turning Out the Noise takes viewers on a journey through the lost decade, featuring the media’s amplified coverage of headline events and pointing to the positive outcome that a disciplined investor could have experienced in the recovery.

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The Current Market Decline in Context

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Right when we began to think markets only move upwards, the pendulum reverses. Unless your personal goals have changed, stay the course according to your personal plan. It never hurts to repeat this steadfast advice during periodic market downturns. We understand that thinking about scary markets isn’t the same as experiencing them. Fear is a completely normal response when something like this happens. Acting on those emotions, though, can end up doing us more harm than good.

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2017 Market Review

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At the beginning of 2017, a common view among money managers and analysts was that the financial markets would not repeat their strong returns from 2016. Many cited the uncertain global economy, political turmoil in the US, implementation of Brexit, conflicts in the Middle East, North Korea’s weapons buildup, and other factors. The global equity markets defied their predictions, with major equity indices in the US, developed ex-US, and emerging markets posting strong returns for the year.

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Are You Prepared for the Next Market Correction?

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If you enjoy a good read, we recommend Warren Buffett’s annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letters, dating back to 1965. While financial reports are rarely the stuff from which dreams are made, Buffett’s way with words never ceases to impress. His most recent 2016 letter was no exception, including this powerful insight about market downturns:

“During such scary periods, you should never forget two things: First, widespread fear is your friend as an investor, because it serves ...

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