This past week is a reminder that the markets don’t always go straight up. We have had a record 587 days without a 5% correction, so investors may feel surprised in the past couple of days to see their account values go temporarily down, due to this long stretch of low volatility and persistent gains. However, in my On It With Offit newsletter last month, I said “we expect to see an upturn in volatility and a return of more normal market corrections, compared to 2017” but also “the U.S. economy has accelerated over the past several quarters and we expect that economic momentum to carry into 2018. We are still in the midst of a bull market for stocks”
While corrections are never pleasant, they have been and will always be, a normal occurrence for the equity markets. Fundamentals remain solid and the recent pullback has not changed our belief that we remain in a secular bull market. We are not advocating any re-allocations based on recent market action.
As always, please call with any questions.
Ben Offit, CFP®
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