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  Market Insights: We Have Been Expecting Volatility—This is How We Have Been Preparing for It

In response to recent volatility in global securities markets, we are writing to provide you with our perspective and keep you apprised of our outlook and current positioning in this environment. Although this type of market volatility feels unusual and concerning, it’s important to remind investors that we’ve been here before—as recent as February of this year, and as often as 7 of the past 10 years (2016, 2015, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008). 

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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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  First Quarter 2018 Market Commentary

The U.S. Equity Market: The U.S. stock market, represented by the Wilshire 5000 Total Market IndexSM, was down -0.76% for the first quarter of 2018. This marks only the second negative quarter in nearly six years. Market volatility returned after a tranquil 2017. While the market never experienced a daily loss of 2% or more last year, there were five such down days during the first quarter of 2018, including a 4% loss in early February. 

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