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In 2017, U.S. markets have moved modestly higher behind strength in the Technology and Healthcare sectors. International investments have also presented buying opportunities with low valuations and improving economic conditions that continue to paint the backdrop for growth ahead. Investors who have allocated to a diversified portfolio have enjoyed modest gains through the 3rd quarter of the year.
Despite certain geo-political risks and major natural disasters, markets both domestically and internationally continue to remain stable. Although these risks can have short-term impact, we remain optimistic that a disciplined investment approach will continue to reward investors.
Looking ahead to the next year, we continue to watch the action of the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates here in the U.S. The Fed has communicated that it will take a cautious approach, which is accommodating for investors. Ultimately, we believe that a move in interest rates is reflective of the stability of our economy and serves as a positive indicator for continued growth ahead. We also await clarity on tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and possible healthcare reform.
If you have any questions about your portfolio, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please do not hesitate to reach out to us via email or by calling us at (717) 761-2040. We thank you for your continued loyalty and friendship, and we hope to see you soon!
Matthew A. Stout, AWMA®
Marc E. Bowman