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Don’t Overreact in August

Don’t Overreact in August

August 05, 2020
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One of my favorite Wall Street quotes is from Mark Twain, who said:

“October: This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August and February.”

But October may need to move over. During the past several years, the month of August has earned the reputation as being one of the more volatile months for stock prices.

In August 2019, for example, the S&P 500 Index posted moves of more than one percent in 11 of the 22 trading days.1,2

One of the reasons for the past volatility is that some traders are away on vacation, resulting in light volume, which may have the effect of amplifying market volatility. But this year may be different with many people staying closer to home due to the pandemic.

August 2020 will stand on its own. But if history is a guide, investors should be prepared that some headlines could result in outsized moves over the next several weeks. Always remember we are here to help with any questions you may have. 

1. CNBC.com, August 31, 2019
2. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Investing involves risk, and the return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. Investment opportunities should take into consideration your goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost.