13 December 2019 12:34
We had breaking news this morning that all 3 of the major US stock market indices had once again busted their previous record highs. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq managed to book record closing prices as well, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed a new intra-day high, which it wasn't quite able to sustain at market close. For most Aussie investors, the markets being at all-time highs is a good thing – provided you've got most of your capital invested in shares and not cash. The ASX 200 has banked a gain of nearly 26% year-to-date (including dividends), which is well, well above its long-term annual average of around 9%. Of course, trying to predict what the markets will do next year or even tomorrow is a fool's game (and not the good kind of Fool).
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