"In the end, the American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay. Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor."
~ Julian Castro (1974) American politician, US Sec'y of HUD

August: All's Well that Ends Well

As we wrap up the summer season with Labor Day weekend, white pants and seersucker suits get put back in the closet, and that means it's kick-off to football season and the final push for the Giants and the A's to go deep in post-season play (the usual torture to see them win their respective pennant races). Even Fleet Week is on again after last year's federal government shut-down (remember sequestration?). I hope everyone had an enjoyable summertime, and for those in California we have a few more months of nice weather ahead.

Similarly, the outlook for the markets is pretty much that -- better days ahead. Before looking ahead, let's take a look at what the summer doldrums presented us (the chart below shows stock market performance from Memorial Day to Labor Day). It's been like a shuffle -- a step forward, a half-step back, two steps to the right, and repeat. 

As we started the month of August, the S&P 500 had fallen quite quickly ~ 4%. It was anything but certain what the month would hold. But, lo and behold things turned around -- on a dime, leading US stocks on more >>

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