The year 2017 proved to be a fantastic year for the passive index investor. Purchasing an index fund tracking the S&P 500 at the beginning of 2017 and holding it until the end of the year would have given an investor a return rate of 21.7%. It was also the only year in history that the S&P 500 achieved positive returns each month of the year. Due to economic metrics showing improvements, there is still much optimism going into 2018. The Federal Reserve hiked rates three times in 2017 and have carried over their stance in monetary policy into 2018. While the year 2017 may have made it appear that the stock market would only go up forever, experienced investors knew that it was only a matter of time before volatility would rear its ugly head and bring about some wild swings in the market. Sure enough, early February brought the volatility that many investors had not witnessed since the housing crisis of 2008 and there have been some crazy price swings in the markets. Investors remain optimistic but there is no guarantee that 2018 will produce the same gains for equity investors.
The present market environment has many geopolitical uncertainties that could affect the economy and is contributing to volatility. HCR Wealth Advisors is a company that believes that an investor can develop a strategy to help weather the risks associated with increased market volatility. The registered investment advisory firm aims to establish a personal relationship with each of their clients to understand their personal needs. HCR Wealth Advisors is a company that believes in building a specialized investment plan to help each of its clients reach their financial goals.
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