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Market Update: 12-30-19

2019 HITS AND MISSES

John Lynch Chief Investment Strategist, LPL Financial | Jeffrey Buchbinder, CFA Equity Strategist, LPL Financial

2019 was a difficult year to forecast after 2018 ended with the worst December since the Great Depression. While our positive stock market outlook proved too conservative, we are pleased to report we got more right than wrong for 2019. Here we recap our 2019 predictions and highlight some hits and misses.

TOUGH TEST

In December 2018, the stock market threw a tantrum that came perilously close to ending the bull market, based on the most widely used definition: a 20% decline on S&P 500 Index closing prices. Stocks fell on a combination of global growth fears, trade uncertainty, and concerns that the Federal Reserve (Fed) had hiked interest rates one too many times. On December 24, 2018, the S&P 500 closed...

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