What a wonderful party it has been for the past decade. Returning from the brink of near destruction, the U.S. stock market as measured by the S&P 500 Index has nearly quadrupled from its post crisis lows to its recent all-time highs. In the process, the trauma associated with the financial crisis has become a distant memory for many, as such feelings have been replaced for many by the notion that relentless stock market gains are set to last forever. And, perhaps, they will. But market conditions have been slowly changing over the past few months, foreshadowing that we may be entering an entirely new and far more challenging market climate in stark contrast to what so many investors have come to know and expect for nearly a decade now. Are you and your portfolio ready for such a change?
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