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The start of 2018 in equity markets seemed to continue where 2017 left off. Markets moved higher as investors continued to purchase stocks. Last year, we had a very smooth ride; this year we seem to be back to normal market volatility. Inflation concerns, trade wars, mid-term elections, and escalation in Syria are currently driving this increase in volatility.
We think stocks are in the midst of a consolidation and correction, but not nearing the end of the bull market. Economic and corporate fundamentals remain good, which leads us to believe that the bull market should continue. Stress in the equity markets has not been echoed in credit markets, and volatility remains relatively low in other asset classes. This is a positive sign that may indicate stocks are in the midst of a regular bull market correction rather than something more serious.
We continue to look for buying opportunities as they present themselves.
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’d love to give you a tour of our new office! We thank you for your continued loyalty and friendship, and we hope to see you soon!
Matthew A. Stout, AWMA®
Marc E. Bowman