How did markets close-out 2018? Are we in the beginning of a global slowdown and if so, will a slowdown turn into a U.S. recession? Will trade talks with China produce real results or will the trade talks end up with more tariffs and a deeper trade war? With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, will Republicans and Democrats escalate politics to the point of derailing the U.S economy? What can investors expect from stocks in 2019?