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Rising Uncertainties

We have reached the end of September and Summer has officially come and gone. Since the record highs set during the Summer months, markets have since pulled back. Even the strong sessions leading into the end of the month were not enough to save September and keep its five-month winning streak alive. We started the month with positive momentum, celebrating record highs during August. The Nasdaq and S&P were making new records almost daily amid an accommodative Fed and optimism over a coronavirus vaccine.

Not a Sleepy Summer for Financial Markets

U.S. stocks closed mostly lower on the last trading day of August, but Wall Street recorded its strongest August returns in decades as vaccine hopes kept investors pushing equities to fresh highs. The 7.57% gain in the Dow for the month, fell just short of closing in positive territory for the year. The S&P 500 pushed farther into positive territory, adding 7.01% for the month, and the Nasdaq gained more than 9% for a total gain for the year of 31.24%.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The month of July was a bit turbulent, with mixed headlines and renewed fears of the virus. When it was all over, markets tacked on more gains.  The Dow was up 2.38% for the month, the S&P 500 gained 5.51%, and the Nasdaq charged higher, gaining another 6.825%. Gains were not exclusive to stocks as yields plummeted, taking 10 Year Treasury lower, declining a total of 19.49% for the month and pushing bond prices higher once again.

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