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Stock-Market Highs Pose Vexing Questions for the Soon-to-Be Retired

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Last November, expecting stock markets to fall off a cliff if Donald Trump were elected President, David Littell, a 64-year-old retirement expert, uncharacteristically panicked and sold off his stock holdings. But while stock markets defied Wall Street's expectations, soaring to new highs after the election, concerns that stocks could drop in value have remained, with the price of gold--an asset investors traditionally buy to protect themselves from market volatility--pushing to a 2017 high of $1,349 per ounce in early September.