The total U.S. market continued to move higher, while the international markets were negative for the quarter, minimizing overall portfolio returns. For more specific details on the overall market performance view our quarterly report here.
After a period of relative calm in the stock market, investors have experienced increased volatility in recent weeks. While market volatility can create anxiety for some, reacting emotionally and changing long-term investment strategies in response to short-term declines could prove more harmful than helpful. Watch this short video to dive a little deeper in to what we can expect and why it’s important to stay disciplined.
In 2017, we were again reminded of the importance of following an investment approach based on discipline and diversification vs. prediction and timing. As we gear up for the new year, we can look at several examples during 2017 that provide perspective on what guidance investors may want to follow, or not follow, in order to achieve the long-term return the capital markets offer.