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THE MARKET MONTH THAT WAS, October 2019

November 11, 2019

By Carol Buss

October 2019 did not live up to its spooky billing, and the S&P 500 was up 2.04% for the month. October has a bad rap because there have been some very steep drops in the stock market in the month, most notably, in 1929, 1974, 1987, and 2008. In addition, major changes in the trend of the market have occurred in October. Despite its negative image, the average return for October during the last 50 years has been a positive .647, and there have been more up years than down years (43-27).

THE MARKET MONTH THAT WAS, September 2019

October 5, 2019

By Carol Buss

Following a negative return for the major indices in August, in September, 2019, the S&P 500 beat the averages of the past 70 years, which was -.59%. This time the Dow was up 1.95%, the S&P 500 was up 1.72% and the Nasdaq was up .46%. However, it was a tale of two halves, and just like many football games, each half can be a very different game. The first half ending on Friday 9/13, was positive, mostly due to an improved outlook for the China trade talks, and the second half was negative, again due to some setbacks in the talks, the Saudi oil fields attack, and the impeachment inquiry of Trump announced the afternoon of September 25th, which all produce more uncertainty.

THE MARKET MONTH THAT WAS, August 2019

September 5, 2019

By Carol Buss

You hear such generalities when listening to the news these days, and so much is glossed over to fit the perspective or agenda of the commentator, that I thought I would present a more detailed report about the past month.

Financial news is in a woeful state these days: generalities abound, sensationalism reigns, and too many are eager to advance their agendas than accurately describe the state of the market. Every day there is a new story line and a fresh angle, while a wealth of important details is regrettably glossed over. This report represents my attempt to be specific -- hopefully you will not mind weeding through the facts and figures and will find it informative and useful.