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Monthly Market Wrap: August 2023

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August 2023 Market Summary

Stocks took a breather in August as the S&P 500 fell 1.6%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 2.0%, and the NASDAQ ended 2.1% lower. It was a disappointing month globally–EAFE sank 3.8% in August and Emerging Markets tumbled 6.1%. Nonetheless, August didn’t subtract too much from the upbeat year-to-date performance of major US indices. The NASDAQ is still up 34.1% in 2023, the S&P 500 is 17.4% higher, and the Dow 4.8%.

Energy was the only US stock sector that posted a positive return in August, up 1.6%. Utilities was the laggard of the remaining ten sectors, down 6.1%.

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Unemployment rose by three-tenths in August to 3.8%, even as the labor force participation rate grew. Inflation crept back up above 3%, while Core Inflation fell to 4.65%. The Median Sales Price of Existing Homes leveled off this month, and mortgage rates reached 20-year highs. Gas prices rose in August even as the price of Brent and WTI crude oil traveled in opposite directions this month.

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US Treasury yields were largely flat in August, echoing the rather muted performance from equities. The 3-Month Treasury Bill remains the highest-yielding US treasury instrument at 5.56%, and the 10-Year is the lowest at 4.09%. In global fixed income, the yield on Japan’s 10 Year Government Bond rose by 5 basis points to 0.66%.

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Off the YCharts! The Rise of NVIDIA

Talk about a truly “off the charts” performance.

The rise of NVIDIA (NVDA) has been all the talk lately.Explosive growth in data center and AI chip sales has propelled NVIDIA to be the best YTD performer in both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ indices by a longshot. We explained the rise of NVDA in 5 charts.

If you invested $10,000 into NVIDIA at its IPO back in January of 1999, that investment would be worth over $6 million today. NVIDIA’s annualized return of nearly 30% (60,070% total) dwarfs even the widely respected performances of the NASDAQ, S&P 500, and even the Technology Sector (XLK) since 1999.

NVDA growth chart of initial $10,000 investment since IPO in 1999

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Equity Performance

Major Indexes

Chart of Major Equity Index Returns for August 2023

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Value vs. Growth Performance, Trailing Twelve Months

Chart showing small- and large-cap value vs. growth returns through August 2023

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US Sector Movement

Chart of US Equity Sector Performance for August 2023

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Hot Stocks: Top 10 S&P 500 Performers of August 2023

Ten best performing S&P 500 stocks of August 2023

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Laggards & Losers: 10 Worst S&P 500 Performers of August 2023

Ten worst performing S&P 500 stocks of August 2023

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Featured Market & Advisor News

Money-Market Fund Assets Climb To Fresh Record $5.58 Trillion (FA-Mag)

Betting on Bonds: Capitalizing on Fixed Income After Rising Rates (YCharts)

Business leaders show growing optimism in US economy (InvestmentNews)

The Magnificent Seven Stocks: Post-Q2 Earnings Recap (YCharts)

Fed Officials Say Rates Close to Peak, More Increases Possible (

The Rise of NVIDIA in 5 Charts (YCharts)

Economic Data


August’s unemployment rate rose to 3.8%, three-tenths higher than July’s figure of 3.5%. However, the labor force participation rate grew by two-tenths to 62.8%. 187,000 jobs were added in August, surpassing nonfarm payrolls expectations of 170,000.

Consumers and Inflation

After dipping below 3% for the first time in over two years, Inflation inched higher in July to 3.18%, up from 2.97% in June. Core Inflation did fall in July to 4.65%. The US Consumer Price Index rose a slight 0.17% in July, while MoM US Personal Spending rose at a higher MoM clip for the second straight month to 0.79%. The last action taken by the Federal Reserve was raising the benchmark Target Federal Funds Rate by 25 basis points to 5.50% at its July 26th meeting. This was the 11th rate hike in the Fed’s last 12 meetings.

Production and Sales

The US ISM Manufacturing PMI rebounded in August by 1.2 points to 47.6. However, as it’s still below 50, the key manufacturing index remains in contraction territory. US Retail and Food Services Sales grew by 0.73% MoM in July, and the YoY US Producer Price Index rose 0.80%.


MoM US New Single-Family Home Sales increased 4.4% in July, following a June in which new home sales contracted. However, US Existing Home Sales sank for the 16th month out of the last 18, down 2.2% in July. The mixed housing data resulted in the Median Sales Price of Existing Homes leveling off, slipping 0.8% to $406,700. Mortgage rate increases were largely negligible in July; 15-Year and 30-Year Mortgage Rates closed out the month at 6.55% and 7.18%, respectively. The 30-year mortgage rate has not been this high since early 2001.


The price of Gold fell 2.8% in August, up from $1,970.70 to $1,915.50. Oil prices were mixed in August; the price of WTI per barrel slipped 1.4% to $80.65 while Brent inched 0.2% higher to $85.42. The average price of regular gas rose 1.6% in August despite the mixed data, up 6 cents per gallon to $3.93 as of month’s end.


Crypto assets pulled back further in August. The price of Bitcoin slumped by 6.8% to $27,297 as of August 31st, and Ethereum dropped by 8.4% to $1,705. Nonetheless, 2023 has been a solid rebound year for crypto. Bitcoin is up 64% and Ethereum is 41.9% higher.

Fixed Income

US Treasury Yield Curve

1 Month Treasury Rate: 5.52%

3 Month Treasury Rate: 5.56%

6 Month Treasury Rate: 5.48%

1 Year Treasury Rate: 5.37%

2 Year Treasury Rate: 4.85%

3 Year Treasury Rate: 4.54%

5 Year Treasury Rate: 4.23%

10 Year Treasury Rate: 4.09%

20 Year Treasury Rate: 4.39%

30 Year Treasury Rate: 4.20%

Chart of the US Treasury Yield Curve as of August 31st, 2023

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Global Bonds

Italy Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 4.13%

10 Year Treasury Rate: 4.09%

Canada 10 Year Benchmark Bond Yield: 3.55%

Spain Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 3.52%

10-Year Eurozone Central Government Bond Par Yield: 3.23%

Germany Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 2.48%

Japan 10 Year Government Bond Interest Rate: 0.66%

Chart of US and Global bond yields as of August 31st, 2023

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