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First Quarter 2019 Market Commentary

This marks the strongest quarter for U.S. equities since 2009, when the market was rebounding from the 2008 recession. Concerns about global growth were dwarfed by the Fed’s updated forecast for no rate increases in 2019 and a looser stance on unwinding quantitative easing enacted during the recovery.

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Fourth Quarter 2018 Market Commentary

This marks the worst quarter for U.S. equities since 2011 and the first down year since the credit crisis sell-off of 2008. The Index had been down by double digits for the year in late December before gaining nearly 7% during the final few trading days. Concerns of an economic slowdown weighed on stock prices, as did fears that additional rate increases by the Federal Reserve could weaken future prospects for economic growth.

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Third Quarter 2018 Market Commentary

The third quarter began with very strong corporate earnings reports and the vast majority of public companies beating consensus earnings estimates. Operating earnings on S&P 500 companies were up 8% during the first quarter of 2018 and showed 6% growth during the second quarter. Economic data continues to be strong, including the largest increase in real GDP in four years at 4.2%.

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  August 2018 Monthly Market Commentary

Domestic equity markets were positive in August as the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM and the S&P 500 Index returned 3.51% and 3.26%, respectively. Market volatility increased slightly as the CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) ended the month at 12.86, an increase from its July close of 12.83.

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