With the first quarter of 2019 in the books, investors are looking at a capital market environment in the U.S. that is standing tall after stumbling in the tail end of 2018. Nonetheless, it’s necessary for investors to remain strategic when it comes to deploying capital in the current market environment.

Why the strategic bent? One only has to look back to the last quarter of 2018 to know the reason why–the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 5.6 percent, while the S&P 500 was down 6.2 percent and the Nasdaq Composite declined 4 percent.

All in all, 2018 marked the worst year for stocks since 2008 and only the second year the Dow and S&P 500 fell in the past decade. That said, the strategy for 2019 is eponymously as such–getting strategic.

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