Market update: Eyes on the future

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Thursday marked the end of a rocky first quarter for the financial markets. We recognize that this recent volatility is stressful, especially for the roughly 90% of MoneyLion Plus members who are first-time investors. Please be assured that volatility is normal, and historically, the market has always continued to rise over the long haul.

To recap this week

While U.S. stocks jumped up on the quarter’s last day of trading (the markets are closed on March 30, for Good Friday), and technology shares bounced back from an earlier tech sector drop, it wasn’t enough to bolster the market as a whole. The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow), two key indicators of stock market performance, are expected to have their worst quarter in two years — mainly due to investors’ concerns over a global trade war and interest rate hikes, as well as the recent drop in tech stock values.

What could be in store

Many analysts are noting that markets seem to be becoming more sensitive to bad news (a la Facebook’s privacy concerns and Trump’s trade tariffs and tweets), and investors are becoming more cautious and fearful of volatility as a result. Still, many economists have a positive outlook for the second quarter of 2018, given continued economic strength and healthy corporate earnings.

MoneyLion Plus approach

Remember, MoneyLion Plus members are diversified in conservative, low-cost ETFs and are investing for the long term. We recommend that you stay focused on your long-term goals and don’t get too caught up in the short-term cycles. Staying invested can help you realize gains when the market starts increasing again.

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