Turning The Page

It was a lackluster 2015 for the stock market with the S&P 500 managing a total return of just 1.4% (dividends included). Equity investors struggled to predict the timing of the first Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike in nearly a decade, a slowing Chinese economy weighed on emerging markets (EM), commodities prices — notably oil — plummeted, a booming U.S. dollar pressured earnings (and contributed to commodities weakness), and terror threats escalated. Against that difficult backdrop for stocks, we got some things right and some things wrong.

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