- Stout Bowman & Associates
As we look back on the 4th quarter of 2016, the markets were met with a major surprise. Contrary to forecasts by most political and financial analysts, Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election. Similarly, despite reports anticipating a downturn in the markets with a Trump victory, certain sectors of the market have actually responded positively to these results.
Although we await further clarity as to the specific legislative changes that a Trump presidency will bring, investor sentiment seems to be boosted by a pro-business regime. Propositions of less regulation and lower corporate taxes may lead to increased earnings for businesses here in the United States. Small- and mid-sized companies, as a result, may stand to benefit the most in 2017.
A schedule provided by the Federal Reserve for several interest rate increases in 2017 is supportive of an expanding U.S. economy. We think that proper investment selection and a commitment to diversification will continue to reward investors’ long-term goals.
If you have any questions about your portfolio, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email or by calling us at (717) 761-2040. We thank you for your continued loyalty and friendship, and we wish you all the best in the coming year!
Matthew A. Stout, AWMA®
Marc E. Bowman
4999 Louise Drive Suite 301, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055