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After an excellent year in 2014, the equity markets took a breather during the 2015 first quarter. Equity returns lagged most asset classes, except gold and US Treasury bills. The S&P 500 recorded a modest 0.95% total return (price change plus reinvested dividends) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average had a total return of 0.33% for the quarter. For the month of March, the S&P 500 declined 1.7% and the Dow Jones Industrials decreased 2.0%. The lowest quality stocks (ranked B or worse by Merrill Lynch) turned in the best performance for the quarter (+3.2% vs. +1.6%) compared to the ...

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