As we enter 2016, we remain mindful that we are in the 7th year of a strong bull market, and as the length of its run grows longer, emotions rather than sound advice and fundamentals tend to drive prices. Volatile price swings in both directions become commonplace and markets move counter to common sense. While difficult during times like this, it’s important to stay disciplined in your strategy and continue to focus on longer term investment objectives.
While the trajectory of returns since the March 2009 bottom is unsustainable, we believe that markets can and will continue upward. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be volatility, but people tend to forget that before we hit highs in 2013, the market, on a price basis, had been flat for 13 years. It’s only been 2 1/2 years since that record high, and if history repeats itself, which it tends to do in the investment world, the bull still has room to run.