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2017 in Retrospect - Market Review

By Lineweaver Financial Group
January 09, 2018 Category: Market Review 2017

A better than expected 2017 appears to be transitioning into an optimistic start for 2018. 2017 will be remembered for continually reaching new highs, but may go down in the record book for its lack of volatility. The Dow ended the year at 24,719.22 -- pushed to these levels by optimism of a tax reform plan and foreign investors pouring money into the market. Since the 2016 presidential election, the Dow has set 84 new record closing highs, leaving the Dow up 25.08% for the year, and the SP 500 up 19.42%. In 2016, few people expected returns of these levels against a backdrop of political infighting in Washington, geopolitical tensions, and a tighter monetary policy. Stack on top of those issues the possibility that 2017 could also set a record for the number of natural disasters totaling $1B (tornados, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires) -- and the gains and level of stability are surprising. The lack of volatility will set 2017 apart. We are in the longest period in SP 500 history without

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