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Navigating the Uncertainty in Today's Market Environment

Over the past few months, many investors have expressed anxiety about their investments. This anxiety is warranted given that is a very tricky market environment. Equity valuations are relatively high (although nowhere near levels seen in the late 90’s), interest rates are still historically low and the Federal Reserve is looking to continue increasing rates. Credit spreads are back down to very low levels, and commodity prices have moved higher from the low levels last year with additional upside that seems minimal.

So what is the best way to navigate this uncertain market environment?

Keep in mind that we have been in this investment environment for the past few years now. Instead of focusing on the market at any given time, one should stay fully invested and focus on long term goals which will continue to pay off for investors. This is also good time to take advantage of areas of the market that may present opportunities. Your investment objectives should always be the key driver to returns and volatility.

One thing is certain. There will be another recession but when and how severe it will be is not known. Fear should not get in the way of long term goals. The focus should be not only on estimated long term returns, but also risk, so you can be prepared for those time periods when volatility picks back up and stay on track for your long term goals.

Ryan Lange, CFA, CAIA
Senior Investment Strategist
Great Western Bank Wealth Management

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