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A Jolting January for Stocks

Wall Street is off to its worst start in 18 years. All the headwinds are keeping many investors nervous
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When the calendar changed to Feb. 1, investors could finally put behind them a brutal month on Wall Street. U.S. stocks, represented by the broad S&P 500 index, fell 6.1% last month, one of the worst Januaries on record.

January is often a great month for stocks, as investors reallocate portfolios and invest yearend bonuses. It has provided positive returns for investors in 37 of the past 58 years.