Getting to the Point of a Point

If you do a quick online search for “Dow rallies 500 points,” or “Dow drops 500 points,” it’s likely your results will be filled with news stories with similar titles. These types of headlines may make little sense to some investors, given that a “point” for the Dow and what it means to an individual’s portfolio may be unclear.

No, the Sky Is Not Falling

Does the recent market turbulence have you feeling like the sky is falling? The S&P 500 Index rose more than 10% over the first nine months of 2018, yet a tumultuous fourth quarter led to the index finishing with a negative return for the year (-4.4%), its worst calendar year return since 2008.

To provide better perspective, we evaluated what “typical” volatility looks like in equity markets over long periods of time and contrasted that with 2018. What you’ll find is that 2018, while disappointing, was a rather ordinary year.

Featured Resources and Insights for 2019

Greetings and Happy New Year! Last year at this time, I was writing about 2017, a year for the ages. You could call 2017 a unicorn of sorts. Not only was the S&P 500 up nearly 22%, but it was the first year in its history without a single down month. But 2018 provided a rude return to the norm.

We have several key resources that will help as we discuss your financial goals in 2019.

2019 Markets Off with a Bang

A New Year has not provided a reprieve from the volatility the market experienced in late 2018. Plunging treasury yields, particularly in the front of the curve, sent the spread between 10-year and 2-year U.S. Treasuries to 0.16%. The U.S. Treasury curve has not been this flat since the summer of 2007, six months before the Great Recession. Does this mean a recession is coming?