CNBC - May 4, 2018

May Days Not Mayday

May 2018

Editor’s Note: The May 2018 issue of Fidelity Investor will be the final printed issue of the newsletter you will receive. Going forward, Jim's monthly issue will be available on the website on the first business day of each month in an easy-to-access online format. Please read Jim's letter to readers for further details, including our efforts to give you a more streamlined full-color, online monthly issue, loaded with brand-new features that will enhance your membership experience.... Read more

The Market Speaks, But Can You Hear What It Is Saying?

May 17, 2018

In these virulent, media riven times, a harmless, fun and instructive video has the country questioning whether a simple one-word recording says “Yanny” or Laurel”. There is in fact one correct answer— but half the listeners fail to hear it. Similarly, getting to the correct answer in investing is never as easy for many as one thinks it ought to be … and it often requires an attentive ear.... Read more

Illusion Ambiguity

Investing is a business for skeptics. As a born skeptic with an optimistic streak, I learned the art, then the discipline, of doubting what others say until proven true, looking at all angles of any fact, and double-checking before committing to any answer. While facts aren’t ambiguous, people are. The daily media pushback has often made it feel like we have been swimming against a rip tide. But it turns out that below that frenzied surface, the undercurrent of fundamentals has held sway and has helped us make reasonable headway.... Read more

Fidelity Investor’s models have 4/30/18 year-to-date returns of between -1.7% and 2.8%. The average Fidelity investor’s portfolio gained 0.4% in April.
ModelYTD5-Year
(Annualized)
Global Quant2.8%13.2%
Aggressive Growth1.7%11.4%
Growth1.4%11.0%
Growth & Income-0.2%9.5%
Income-1.7%6.3%
Annuity Growth1.1%8.6%
Annuity Growth & Income1.1%7.8%
S&P 500 -0.4%13.0%
Fidelity Index 0.7%7.0%

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