By almost any measure, 2023 was a terrific year for stock prices. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index finished up 24%, closing out the year with a nine-week winning streak.1
But throughout January, the naysayers were out in force trying to talk down the stock market's potential. Here’s a sampling of some January 2024 headlines from CNBC.
The accompanying chart helps illustrate the danger of believing headlines when financial markets appear unsettled. In October, many Wall Street pundits were saying, "Interest rates are going higher," and investors should prepare. But by the end of the year, you can see that the 2023 roundtrip in interest rates was nearly complete.
As we kick off the New Year, remember to keep your focus on a disciplined, carefully constructed portfolio approach that takes into consideration your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance.
Will 2024 bring some volatility? That’s almost certain. But portfolio decisions should follow careful guidance and insight, not knee-jerk reactions to market cycles or one-day headlines.
1. WSJ.com, December 29, 2023. "What Did Wall Street Get Right About Markets This Year? Not Much."
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