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2018 3rd Quarter Commentary

2018 3rd Quarter Commentary

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During the quarter, equity markets broke out of their trading range and rallied, with the S&P 500 Index reaching an all-time high of 2,931 in September. The economic expansion continued, and revenue and earnings for the S&P 500 once again significantly exceeded forecasts.

2018 2nd Quarter Commentary

2018 2nd Quarter Commentary

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During the quarter, equity markets traded in a narrow range with less volatility than was seen earlier in the year. The S&P 500 experienced a modest recovery and ended the quarter at 2,736—a positive return for the period but still 5% below the high reached in early January. The synchronized global economic expansion continued, with revenue and earnings for the S&P 500 once again significantly exceeding forecasts.

2018 1st Quarter Commentary

2018 1st Quarter Commentary

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Equity markets experienced a volatile beginning to 2018. The S&P 500 ended the first quarter at 2,641—just slightly below where it started the year—after being up almost 8% in January. The synchronized global economic expansion continued, with revenue and earnings for the S&P 500 once again significantly exceeding forecasts. Domestically, expectations for economic growth have been driven by strong business sales, industrial production, and tax reform.

2017 4th Quarter Commentary

2017 4th Quarter Commentary

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During the quarter, equity markets continued to rally, and the S&P 500 ended the year at 2,674—slightly below its record high. A synchronized global economic expansion drove stock markets to higher-than-anticipated levels around the world. Domestically, economic fundamentals such as consumer spending and an expanding housing market have driven modest growth that is likely to accelerate slightly next year as a result of tax reform. Global economic growth is likely to continue to be strong.

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