On the back of the second-longest economic expansion in U.S. history, investors received a rude awakening in 2018. Namely, they were reminded that the stock market can move down just as easily as it can go up. The 6.2% decline in the broad-based S&P 500 (INDEX: ^GSPC) was its worst performance in a decade, and it’s left a lot of investors who have the 57% peak decline of the Great Recession still fresh in their minds wondering what’ll happen next.
While no one can predict the short-term direction of market moves with any certainty, it’s almost assured challenges will arise in 2019 that could roil the broader market. What sort of events should investors be on the lookout for this year? Let’s take a closer look at seven big question marks.
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