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Volatility Looms Despite the Recent Recovery in Equities



Should Investors Brace for More Volatility?

It was just two weeks ago that a number of year-end stock market forecasts were being revised upward, seduced by the siren song of tax reform and the giddy surge higher to start the year. But after the sharp reversal of the past two weeks, there is undoubtedly some regret in the haste to revise expectations higher.


Tax Reform: Driving Earnings Expectations Higher

Stocks continued their surge higher last week. The S&P 500 rose another 2.2 percent, making it four straight weeks of gains and a 7.5 percent return to start the year. Giving a big boost to multinationals was the ongoing weakness in the dollar. The DXY index fell 1.7 percent last week in a move that was exacerbated by comments from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin at the World Economic Forum in Davos suggesting a weak dollar policy from the administration in Washington. Despite subsequent pushback from the President, the dollar index finished the week at its lowest level in three years. For the year, the DXY is down 3.4 percent, after a 10 percent decline last year.


Ameriprise Financial Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

MINNEAPOLIS – January 24, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.83 per common share payable on February 28, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 16, 2018.