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Mid-Year Outlook: Why We’re Still Bullish on the Markets

A strong U.S. economy and projected above-trend global growth “should bode well for investors,” says Chief Investment Officer Chris Hyzy. Here, he points to potential risks and reasons for optimism.

 

For more insights from Chris Hyzy on what to expect through year end, read our Q&A, “Mid-Year Outlook: Bright Spots, New Risks.”

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  2. How can I respond if market volatility picks up?
  3. What are some ways I might consider investing in the current U.S. economy?

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