January 7, 2020 In the fourth quarter of 2019 a good year got better in the equity markets. The bond market experienced a robust return as interest rates fell. Investors fear of risky investments during the third quarter disappeared with virtually all asset classes gaining ground. The strongest move came from Emerging Markets, which jumped 10% in the fourth quarter. A report from Schwab market analyst, Jeffery Kleintop said that all major asset classes did better in 2019 than their ten-year average return which he thought had never happened before. It was a rare year. So perhaps we should look at the consequences of these great returns to see what they have done to valuations.
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