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MidYear Outlook 2019

WHEN LPL RELEASED Outlook 2019: FUNDAMENTAL: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets  in December 2018, financial markets were in disarray. Global investors were scared by uncertain monetary policy, fiscal and legislative discord, slowing economic growth, and slackening corporate profits. Despite the increased volatility, we continued to believe that market and economic fundamentals remained generally sound. Fortunately, the worst of these fears did not materialize, and consistent with LPL's Reserach Outlook, the U.S. economy avoided a recession, global equities rebounded, and fixed income returns contributed to diversified portfolios. Economic and market fundamentals were the foundation for the market’s recovery from the December lows. Even as we face prospects for periodic volatility, we believe emphasizing fundamentals remains critical for making effective investment decisions.

At the halfway point of 2019, the U.S. economy has held steady, supported by the fiscal stimulus we have highlighted for two years, and corporate profits continue to grow. At the same time, trade tensions are increasingly weighing on the economic outlook, while slowing global growth and political uncertainty have forced global central bankers to extend extraordinary levels of support. We are still navigating a challenging environment. Investing comes with uncertainty, and market volatility can be alarming, but we continue to encourage investors to look beyond short-term market stresses and consider the real drivers of investment returns, as we believe that mindset may be a key in working towards long-term financial goals.

LPL's Research Midyear Outlook 2019 provides updated views of current fundamentals and the things that should persist as shorter-term concerns fade, and emphasizes the LPL Research four primary pillars for fundamental investing—policy, the economy, fixed income, and equities. As the headlines change daily, look to these pillars and LPL's Research’s Midyear Outlook 2019 to help provide perspective on what really matters in the markets.

To read more about how to best to navigate the remainder of 2019, read LPL's Research Midyear Outlook 2019: FUNDAMENTAL: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets, and reach out to us directly at (508) 435-5990 if we at Atlas Wealth Strategies can be of service. 

Some of this research material was prepared by LPL Financial, LLC.  All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual security.  To determine which investment(s) may be appropriate for you, consult your financial advisor prior to investing.  All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results.

Economic forecasts set forth may not develop as predicted.

Investing involves risks, including possible loss of principal.  No investment strategy or risk management technique can guarantee return or eliminate risk in all market environments.

There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns, or outperform a non-diversified portfolio.  Diversification does not protect against market risk.