After Worst Stock Market in 10 Years, Will 2019 Be Any Different?

For nine years investors were able to take stock market gains for granted. It was a different story in 2018. Stocks are down and volatility is up! All of the major indexes finished 2018 in the red, leaving investors concerned about what 2019 has to offer. There is a chance 2019 could be a winning year on Wall Street and Bay Street, but a large number of seemingly insurmountable hurdles need to be cleared first. That doesn’t mean investors should run for the exits. If anything, the lack of confidence on Wall Street could open the window of opportunity for savvy investors.

Will 2019 Be as Ugly as 2018 Was?

 It was a record-setting year for stocks in 2018, just not in the right direction. The S&P 500 ended the year 6.5% in the red, the Nasdaq was down 4.3% on the year while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 5.9%, and the NYSE plunged 11.55%.

It was the worst year for stocks since 2008 and the worst December since the Great Depression.

It wasn’t all bad news though. The Dow hit a record high on October 3 and the S&P 500 hit an all-time high on September 20. But it was a roller coaster ride for much of the year. With the biggest plunge coming at the end of the year.

The VIX volatility index, or fear gauge, is at around 28.5 and has increased 77% since the start of last year. In fact, the index was stuck in “Extreme Fear” for much of 2018. The VIX falls when stocks rise and advances when stocks fall. The current level shows investors are increasingly worried about the direction of stocks in 2019.

Why the fear? Isn’t the current stock market retraction just a well-deserved correction? Not this time. Investors aren’t taking profits because life is good. They’re starting to run for the exits. The current volatility is being driven by signs of a cooling global economy; this includes fears of a recession in the U.S. (the world’s biggest economy), and slowdown in China (world’s second biggest economy), and Europe (world’s largest economic region).

There are also signs that Canada could slip into a recession in 2019. Rising interest rates coupled with high debt levels is expected to negatively impact Canada’s 2019 gross domestic product growth. Look for Canada’s economy to face headwinds in the auto and oil sectors. This will inevitably hit the TSX and Canadian stocks.

There are concerns that the U.S. Federal Reserve is raising its key lending rate too quickly which could curb U.S. economic growth and ongoing fears of inflation. Then there is the political deadlock in Washington. No one knows how long the shut-down will last. And there is also the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

All of these factors are weighing heavily on Bay Street and Wall Street in 2019.

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2019 will be nothing short of exciting for investors. Fortunately, there is a way for investors to profit from this volatility and uncertainty. The trading professionals at Learn-To-Trade.com can teach you proven trading strategies that can help you profit whether the markets are soaring, running sideways, or plunging.

As Canada’s oldest and leading provider of stock market trading courses, Learn-To-Trade.com has helped thousands of investors trade more confidently and profit consistently. At Learn-To-Trade.com, we’ll show you how to read charts, as well as teach you about finances, how to spot market trends, and how markets cycle.

We’ll also teach you about commodities, futures, stock index trading, forex trading, about cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology. You’ll also learn about risk management and capital preservation.

At Learn-To-Trade.com we know that investors learn at their own pace. There might be one investing strategy you want to spend more time on than others. That’s why we provide a unique, Lifetime Membership that allows you to re-attend any part of the program as often as you’d like.

To learn more about Learn-To-Trade.com’s stock market trading course, contact us at 416-510-5560 or by e-mail at info@learn-to-trade.com.

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George Karpouzis is the co-founder of Learn-to-Trade and has been personally providing education and mentoring to over 3000 members since 1999. George has been trading in the stocks, options, futures and forex markets using technical analysis since 1986. With the help of advancements in trading technology the Learn To Trade program is now accessible worldwide. His background and passion for teaching brings an invaluable asset to our members. George is constantly striving to improve the program content and develop new strategic relationships for the benefit of the members. Add me to your G+

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