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Today the market closed slightly lower than it did last Friday.

The DOW finished at 27,910 down -104.34 points or a -0.37%

The S&P 500 finished at 3,135.89 down -10.02 points or a -0.32%

The NASDAQ finished at 8,619.77 down -36,76 points or a -0.42%

The Russell 2,000 finished at 1,630 down -3.71 points or a -0.23%

So far this year stocks have roared past financial analyst’s expectation for 2019. Wall Street is not expecting a repeat in 2020.  The S&P 500 which represents company stocks with a greater valuations than $10 billion dollars (large capitalization) is up 25%. It’s the biggest gain since 2013 (when the market recovered from the market crash of 2008).

Most financial forecasters believe the market will not continue its bull run next year. It will be slower. The market will continue to grow next year because of the American market (not just as fast).

The U.S.A. is a the worlds largest consumer eating machine. We buy, buy, buy. With the slowing global economies (trade disputes aside), the growth in America will be in the single digit (not 25%). Expectations from UBS and Morgan Stanley will see the S&P 500 down around 3,000 (note where it is today).

Time to rebalance your portfolio.

My two cents. What’s yours?

Until tomorrow,

Robert L. Woods



Robert L Woods

Robert L Woods

I am a personal finance and investment educator who’s passion is to teach financial literacy to my community to give them financial empowerment so they can control their own destiny.

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Robert L. Woods is the retired partner of the Institute For Fiduciary Education ( that provided investment seminars for public and private pension funds, endowments and institutional fund managers. He spent 28 years working for the State of California, as a budget and financial analyst which includes 16 years as an Investment Officer for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). At CalSTRS, he established it as one of the nation’s first institutional home loan programs with a down payment assistance component. He also spent 13 years on the Board of Trustees for the Sacramento County Employees Retirement System (SCERS). He was a Trustee with the University of California, Davis, Cal Aggie Alumni Association and a member of the Chancellor’s Council on Community & Diversity. He is a Life Member: Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Theta Gamma Sigma Chapter, Sacramento, CA.

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