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August Market Review

The S&P 500 fell 4.1% in August, giving back a portion of the summer’s strong returns. Most of the losses occurred at the end of the month, following aggressive interest rate commentary from the Federal Reserve.

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In the Markets Now - On Recent Volatility

As of writing, the S&P 500 has fallen roughly 7% over the last two weeks, including a 5% skid in the few days since Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell delivered a hawkish address at the Fed’s Jackson Hole conference. For brevity, here are a few scattered thoughts on the renewed selling pressure.

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In the Markets Now - The "Good News is Bad News" Economy

We’ve explored many times before why the stock market and economy don’t track each other perfectly (in short, the stock market looks forward while economic data looks backward). But it is an entirely different prospect for the stock market and economy to seemingly oppose one another. Yet that is partly where we find ourselves today – a market that can react negatively if economic news is too positive. A world where good news on one hand can be bad news on another.

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