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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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  Second Quarter 2018 Market Commentary

Volatility has returned this year but is in line with long-term historical figures. Although there have been more up days than down during 2018, the daily losses have been more substantial. The average daily loss has been approximately 34% greater than the average daily gain, a spread not seen in more than a decade. Trade and tariffs continued to help drive markets this spring, as did increased anti-euro sentiment in Italy. Strong gains in personal income and consumer spending during the second quarter have left room for optimism.

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2018 Year In Review + 2019 Market Outlook