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What Comes Next? Bull, Bear, Correction?

The bull market in U.S. stocks has been charging ahead for more than eight years.1

While that’s young in people years, it’s ancient in bull market terms. Since World War II, the longest bull market in U.S. stocks lasted for almost nine-and-a-half years. The shortest sputtered out after just 13 months. On average, bull markets last for slightly less than five years, according to Fortune.2

So, how much longer will this bull market persist? No one knows for certain.

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Retirement Readiness Tasks

When Fidelity Investments asked couples how much they think they will need to save for retirement to maintain their current lifestyle, 48% had “no idea.”

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Recap: Markets Experience Tumultuous January

Record stock market highs retreated as January came to a close. U.S. stocks tumbled toward the end of the month, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) edging back from its much-touted record high above 20,000. The broad-market S&P 500 also retreated, while bond yields remain unchanged for the most part. In the end, the three major domestic stock indices ended slightly up for the first month of the year.

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