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By The Numbers – October 15, 2018

  • SAGE ADVICE – It was 10 years ago (10/16/08) that Warren Buffet wrote his “Buy America, I Am” op-ed article in the New York Times. Buffett encouraged investors to “be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful.” Buffett’s letter was released less than 5 months before the stock market bottomed on 3/09/09, ending a 57% decline of the S&P 500. The index closed at 946 on 10/16/08 and has since more than tripled to close at 2886 on Friday 10/05/18. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: New York Times).                       
  • HEALTHY RETURNS – 6 of the top 10 performing individual stocks within the S&P 500 during the 3rd quarter of 2018 (i.e., trading during 7/01/18 through 9/30/18) are in the “Health Care” sector (source: BTN Research).         


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