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Market Extra: Investors are optimistic, but see political risks

Investors are feeling good, and understandably so: major U.S. stock-market indexes are trading near records, volatility has been low for a protracted period, and both corporate profits and the labor market have been showing signs of improvement.

Such conditions have led to high levels of optimism, with the biggest perceived headwinds not coming from any economic or financial issue, but from world-wide political risks.

The Wells Fargo/Gallup Investor and Retirement Optimism Index came in at a score of 124 in the second quarter, down slightly from the previous reading of 126, which represented a 16-year high. The modest dip represented the first time the index didn’t improve on a sequential basis since the first quarter of 2016.

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