Unfortunately, just as with the first quarters of 2015 and 2014, U.S GDP growth in the first quarter of 2016 is expected to be sluggish again – certainly lower than the recent average of about 2%, and possibly slightly negative.
Compared to stocks, bonds and most other investment vehicles, real estate is a highly tangible asset – and an emotional one. We raise our children there, our vacations often revolve around it and it’s our piece of a beach or mountain we love.
Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate it than recognizing the women who are part of the SHWM team? If you’re a client or friend of the firm, you’ve likely spent some time with one or all four of these smart women.
Given the stock market’s higher volatility during the last few months of 2015 and the start of 2016, let’s look at the volatility itself, the major causes, and how it has affected our asset class allocation decisions for 2016.