2019 Market Update

As bad as the fourth quarter of 2018 was for the stock market, the first quarter of 2019 was almost as good. Since the five percent washout on Christmas Eve, the S&P 500 has risen 25 percent and, as of this writing (5-22-19), major U.S. market indexes are within a few percentage points of their all-time highs. In our 2018 review/2019 preview, we mentioned three factors that were weighing on the economy and markets: rising interest rates, slowing global growth and U.S. trade skirmishes with several countries. Some progress has been made, but many questions, as always, remain.

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