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What to Expect from the S&P 500 for the Rest of 2017Submitted by Orenda Partners on February 12th, 2017
We continue to chug along for what potentially could be a 9th consecutive year of positive returns for the S&P 500. (Investors can invest in the S&P 500 through the SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) and other passive index ETFs). The difference this time compared to the heyday of the tech boom is that returns from 1991 to 1999 averaged over 21% each year and 4 of those years had returns in excess of 30%! During the current bull market, the S&P 500 has averaged just 14.7% - so the euphoria accompanying the 1990's is not really evident this time around - at least not yet. In fact, there seems to be what I would characterize as an uncomfortable level of complacency even though there are a group of experts that are wary of what is now the second longest bull market for the S&P.