It’s common for a client to compare their portfolio return to what they see on the news. Last year when the S&P 500 had a banner year, closing out 2017 up 19.5%, a client’s portfolio may have closed out the year with gains of only 11%. Similarly, the markets fell 10% the first quarter of 2018 and the same client’s portfolio may have only fallen by 1%.
The year 2018 started strong with a tax reform boost on January 1. Since then, the market and economic news has become decidedly more worrisome. To many, it looks like too many pieces are pushing and pulling the economy in different directions, and the result is fear.