2017 Annual Market Review

by on Jan 4, 2018 Categories: monthly outlook, us stock market, us economy

After a strong 2017, investors wonder what the year ahead will bring

2017 was an outstanding year for U.S. equities, with all 3 major indexes – Dow Jones, S&P 500 and NASDAQ – up nearly 20%. While there is little bad news to relay about the past 12 months, there are several important factors to closely monitor in the upcoming year:

  • What actions will the Federal Reserve take relative to raising interest rates
  • Will changes in short term vs. long term interest rates lead to an inverted yield curve
  • Can the technology sector continue its impressive run, or have valuations peaked
  • How will tax code changes factor into the markets and impact the economy
  • Can global economies maintain solid levels of growth

Meridian Investment Partners will continue to closely follow each of these factors and recommend tactical shifts as they become appropriate. In the meantime, we can look back at a strong 2017 and appreciate the indicators giving us reason to be optimistic about the year ahead. For additional details on 2017’s investment and economic performance, as well as insights into the year’s most notable occurrences, please view our Annual Market Review.

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