Today, I’ll share one of the safest places to park your money in 2019.
This is more important than ever.
As regular readers know, there’s been almost nowhere to hide.
2018 was a bloodbath…
U.S. stocks got hammered. The S&P 500 fell 6.2% in 2018 – its worst performance since 2008.
And it wasn’t just one or two big sectors that got pummeled…
Eight of the 11 sectors that make up the S&P 500 closed the year in the red. Only healthcare, utilities, and consumer discretionary stocks posted positive returns.
Small U.S. stocks fared even worse. The Russell 2000 – an index that tracks the performance of 2,000 small-cap U.S. stocks – closed the year down 11%.
It wasn’t just U.S. stocks that fell last year, either…
Other developed markets also took it on the chin.
Just look at this chart of the iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA). This fund tracks the performance of stocks from developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada.