Last financial year, the S&P/All Ordinaries (Index: ^AORD) (ASX: XAO) returned minus 2.6%, not exactly a great return.

Add in dividends, and investors are looking at a return that probably failed to beat inflation.

But who knows where the 2017 financial year will lead?

So far, we appear to be off to a strong start. Brexit fears appear to be behind us, and the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) has just posted six straight days of gains.

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The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.