Finding potential in stocks

  We made it through the first month of the year and the impact on your portfolio of stocks was not rewarding. 
   You can understand why this happened, with the drop in oil prices lowering expectations for earnings of some of the largest companies on the Dow and S&P 500 index.  
   Those companies alone would have lowered the averages.  
   Then there’s the impact of the dollar on American companies’ earnings potential worldwide.  
   Moreover, we had earnings reported that were less than encouraging. Unfortunately there is a laundry list of factors that would turn an investor bearish.  
   That also accompanied the long-held belief that as the market performance in January, so goes the performance of the overall market for the rest of the year. 
   The icing on the cake is the market has performed spectacularly for the last several years and betting on another seems to be Pollyannaish.

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