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What's driving stock volatility and what to expect next

In the past year, the S&P 500® has gone through two corrections of 10% or more from peak to trough. This roller coaster market has left the S&P 500 with a modest loss of approximately 1.3% for 2018 through December 10. (The S&P 500 Index is a market-cap-weighted index that represents the average performance of a group of 500 large-capitalization stocks.)

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Nov 2018 Market Recap: Oil collapse continues while stocks remain volatile

Oil prices have fallen more than 30% over the past two months as inventories in the U.S. have continued to rise for 10 consecutive weeks. The supply imbalance has been exacerbated by rising production not only in the U.S., but in Russia and Saudi Arabia as well.

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Dec 2018 Market Outlook: What's next for shaky stock and bond markets?

The stock and bond markets are often considered to be negatively correlated – as stocks go up, bonds often go down, or as stocks go down, bonds often go up. But neither asset class has performed well recently – and they are not the only investments heading the wrong direction.

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Nov 2018 Market Outlook: What's behind stock market volatility?

Economic growth has been stellar, corporate profits are growing, gross domestic product (GDP) growth was a robust 3.5% in the third quarter, and the current 3.7% unemployment rate is the lowest since 1969.

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