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The 5 Best Investments You Can Make in 2019

Everyone is looking forward to 2019 if only because 2018 has been so ugly. But investors will have to mentally sturdy themselves: Before we can talk about the best investments to make in 2019, we have to quickly explore what has gone wrong in 2018.

The year started with a bang. The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index returned nearly 6% that month following an epic 2017 that saw the index pop by 22%. But after that, it got rocky. Stocks stumbled in the first quarter, rallied for most of the second and third quarters, then rolled over and died again in October. It hasn't gotten better since, and investors have had plenty to digest the whole way.

"Since January, I've talked about investors pricing the equity market for perfection," writes Rodney Johnson in the November issue of The Cornerstone Report. "Unburdened by the tax man, corporations have booked exceptional gains throughout 2018, regularly posting earnings 20% or more above what they earned in 2017. But now it looks like the good times are coming to an end."

Much of the massive gain in 2017 was

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