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How Did the Retirement Saver Portfolios Perform in 2019?

As stocks soared, so did the equity-heavy Aggressive Mutual Fund and ETF portfolios.

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For investors, years like 2019 are ones to savor, but not to grow accustomed to. 

After a dismal 2018 in which recessionary worries pummeled stocks in the fourth quarter, stocks came roaring back to life last year as economic worries abated. The S&P 500 gained more than 30% during the year, and foreign markets performed well, too. (The only reason most foreign stock funds didn't perform as well as U.S. last year was that the dollar gained ground relative to most foreign currencies, hurting foreign funds because their securities are typically denominated in non-U.S. currencies.

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Christine Benz does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.