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What 5 Top Fund Managers Expect in 2018

Modest gains, higher volatility, and the potential for a market shock could all be in store for the coming year.

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This has been a strange year for the stock market. What was odd wasn't performance per se--the S&P 500 steadily climbed this year, rising by nearly 20% as of this writing--but rather the lack of volatility or concern in what, to many people, has felt like one of the more uncertain environments in a long while.

Threats of conflict with North Korea, a special counsel investigation, a war of words on social media between world leaders, and more could have caused investor panic. Yet the VIX index (which measures market volatility) hit all-time lows in 2017, while equity valuations climbed.

Bryan Borzykowski does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.