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The S&P 500 soared 7.2% during the third quarter, the best quarter since Q4 2013. These solid gains occurred due to strong earnings reports, with S&P 500 companies reporting a second consecutive quarter of 25% earnings increase. The markets were able to ignore the back and forth media attacks between China and the United States, as trade war tariffs escalated.
The third quarter market performance pushed the S&P 500 up 8.99% for the year, with large-cap growth having the top performance of the Morningstar nine-square grid style box (large, mid, small/value, blend and growth). The Polaris Greystone strategies have fared very well given that the Russell 1000 Value Index, our nearest benchmark, is only up 4.36% for the year.
We remain very bullish about the markets over the next 12 months. Here is why we think the markets will go higher from here:
While all the technical research points to a strong market and our macroeconomics look good, the sentiment looks a little frothy, but not out of the spectrum of normal. As a result, we remain bullish going into the fourth quarter. Contact one of the financial advisors at Polaris Greystone to review your portfolio to ensure you are prepared if risk changes.
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