As we look back on the year of surprises, it’s natural to wonder what to expect in 2017. As 2016 showed and has been illustrated time and time again over history, we cannot predict how the markets will respond to world events or to market indices reaching new milestones. But we can control how we respond and we can position ourselves to make the most of whatever the future will hold.
Instead of getting too hung up on the forecasts from pundits, prognosticators or politicians, perhaps we should take a moment to pause and celebrate the force that has been the primary driver of our financial markets over the long run: human enterprise.
Our capital markets are, at heart, a place for people to participate in the business of being human. We express our humanity in the ways we choose to invest and the investments we choose to make. Based on the millennia of evidence to date, whenever we come together to invest in buildings and businesses, sales and services, hopes and dreams – we have collectively come out ahead. When we remember that the markets are comprised of billions of people and trillions of dollars, coming together to build innovative new services and solutions; all financed by people like us participating in our global capital markets, we are reminded of why the future is so promising.
1 Market segment (index representation) as follows: US Stock Market (Russell 3000 Index), International Developed Stocks (MSCI World ex USA Index [net div.]), Emerging Markets (MSCI Emerging Markets Index [net div.]), Global Real Estate (S&P Global REIT Index [net div.]), US Bond Market (Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond Index), and Global Bond ex US Market (Citi WGBI ex USA 1−30 Years [Hedged to USD]). The S&P data are provided by Standard & Poor’s Index Services Group. Frank Russell Company is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks, and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. MSCI data © MSCI 2017, all rights reserved. Bloomberg Barclay’s data provided by Bloomberg. Citi fixed income indices copyright 2017 by Citigroup.
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Jackie Goldstick, CFP® is the Director of Financial Planning at Core Wealth Management. She is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) as well as the Financial Planning Association (FPA).