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Investing in a low return environment

The stock market has been quite volatile over the past several months with record inflation, rising interest rates, and the war in Ukraine. Over the last decade however, the US market has enjoyed unusually high returns. Some analysts claim this means we’re due to experience below average returns for the next decade. Are they right and what’s an investor to do if we experience another lost decade like the first one of this millenium or the stagflation of the 1970s? Mike Switzer interviews Rob DeHollander, a certified financial planner in Greenville SC.

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After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.