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Stock market: Just how strong is it heading into 2018?

In 2017, for the first time, the Dow Jones industrial average broke through five 1000-point milestones: 20000 in January all the way to 24000 by November. Here are six questions to put the market boom in perspective.

Q: How does it compare to previous booms?

This is the third-strongest bull market since the crash of 1929, according to data from S&P Dow Jones Indices. As December ends, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index is up about 300 percent

Q: What’s behind the rise?Q: Is there a Trump factor?Q: What effect would tax reform have going forward?Q: Is it a bubble?Q: Will the boom keep going?

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