In this webinar Shane Tenny, CFP® Professional and partner here at Spaugh Dameron Tenny, speaks on the characteristics of the market in general as well as trends our firm sees as we head into 2019. One concern that many investors share is the increased volatility the markets experienced in 2018, especially toward the latter part of the year. The chart on slide 5 of the presentation shows that volatility is relatively average when considering the history of the market. In fact, one of the reasons investors feel volatility is high is the extremely low levels of volatility in 2012 through 2017.
Another key takeaway from this presentation is how “diversification wins even when it feels like its losing.” We call this phenomenon “market envy.” Shane speaks to the tendency to compare a diversified portfolio to one segment of the market. A feature of a properly diversified portfolio is that one segment of the market by itself (i.e. S&P 500, emerging markets, small cap, etc.) will always be outperforming a diversified portfolio. Our firm encourages investors to always consider their goals and objectives when evaluating the performance of their investments.
For further reading on this upcoming year, check out this article: 10 Things Investors can Expect in 2019.
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