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Financial Market Update: May 2020

Last month stocks delivered their best monthly return since 1987 with the S&P 500 rising 13%.  Stocks have built on these gains marginally in May, pushing the index up 34% from its March low and down less than 9% for the year.  Keep in mind this comes on the heels of a 31.5% return in 2019.

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Characteristics of Bear Markets

It’s been 10 years since the last bear market, commonly defined as a sustained decline of 20 percent or more. We experienced a significant correction late last year, with stock dropping almost, but not quite 20 percent. Equity prices have since staged an impressive recovery so far this year. While we don’t know if the next bear market is right around the corner or a long time away, to successfully navigate the next one and keep their investment strategy intact, investors need to know three things...

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