Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring 2018 Investor Letter: Noise Versus Fundamentals

In one brief quarter, the equity market goes from experiencing virtually no volatility to seemingly +/- 2% swings on a daily basis. Last year was a bit abnormal and more a year of consistent returns and minimal drawdowns. In fact, the largest drawdown was just 3%. The market has already experienced a 10% drawdown in 2018. In our Spring 2018 Investor Letter we note the fact the first quarter broke a string of nine consecutive positive quarters for the S&P 500 Index. Investors have been fortunate by the length of this positive cycle, however, recent experience can often lead one to expect “more of the same.” This expectation or behavior is referred to 'recency bias' and we discuss its implication for investors in our Spring Investor Letter along with our firm's thoughts for the coming year.

For additional insight into our views for the market and economy in the coming year, see our Investor Letter accessible at the below link.

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