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Monthly Market Wrap: September 2023

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September 2023 Market Summary

Stocks continued to decline in September as the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3.4%, the S&P 500 slipped 4.8%, and the NASDAQ ended 5.8% lower. Around the world, Emerging Markets were down 2.6%, and EAFE sank 3.4%. September’s declines dragged equities into the red for Q3. The Dow posted a 2.1% decline in Q3, the S&P 500 ended the quarter down 3.3%, and the NASDAQ 3.9% finished lower.

For the second straight month, Energy was the only US stock sector to post a positive return. Real Estate was the top laggard in September, tumbling 7.2%.

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Regular gas prices topped $4 per gallon for the first time since October 2022. The higher gas prices resulted from a surge in crude oil prices. WTI crude oil briefly reached $90 per barrel in September–the first time since November 2022–while the price of Brent surged 7.7% to $94.01. Mortgage rates reached 20-year highs last month and pushed even higher in September. The 30-year mortgage rate surpassed 7% for the first time since April 2002.

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Yields on longer-term treasuries increased in September as T-Bills ended the month broadly unchanged. The 20-year and 30-year bonds each rose by 53 basis points. The 10-year’s 50 basis point increase helped reduce the inverted 10-2 treasury yield spread to -0.44%. Yields on global fixed-income instruments rose as well. Italy’s Long-Term Interest Rate surged 74 basis points, Canada’s 10-Year Benchmark Bond Yield jumped by 53 basis points, and Japan’s 10 Year Government Bond now yields 0.77%, an increase of 11 basis points.

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Off the YCharts! Dollar-Cost Averaging NVIDIA

NVIDIA (NVDA) is the best-performing stock YTD in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The chipmaker giant is also the second-best performer across the Russell 1000 in 2023.

Last month, we highlighted the growth of a $10,000 investment into NVIDIA from its IPO through August 2023. What would have happened if you used dollar-cost averaging instead?

If you contributed $100 monthly to NVIDIA since its IPO, your balance would be a little over $3.9 million on a total contribution of $29,700. That balance would be close to $10 million if the monthly contribution increased to $250 ($74,250 total).

Though lump-sum investing in NVIDIA at its IPO would have generated a greater overall return, simply adopting the “set-it-and-forget-it” method of monthly dollar-cost averaging still produced a notable result while eliminating the worry about timing the market.

NVDA growth chart of monthly contributions since IPO in 1999

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Equity Performance

Major Indexes

Chart of Major Equity Index Returns for September 2023

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Value vs. Growth Performance, Trailing Twelve Months

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

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US Sector Movement

Chart of US Equity Sector Performance for September 2023

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

Ten best performing S&P 500 stocks of September 2023

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

Ten worst performing S&P 500 stocks of September 2023

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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%. August nonfarm payroll data showed 187,000 jobs added, surpassing expectations of 170,000.

Consumers and Inflation

YoY inflation rose for a second straight month, from 3.18% in July to 3.67% in August. Conversely, Core Inflation fell to 4.35% in August, marking the fifth consecutive monthly decline. The US Consumer Price Index logged a monthly increase of 0.63% in August, its most prominent in the last 14 months. US Personal Spending was up 0.45% MoM. The Federal Reserve kept the benchmark Target Federal Funds Rate unchanged at 5.50% during its recent September 20th meeting.

Production and Sales

The US ISM Manufacturing PMI increased by 1.4 points in September to 49.0. This is the third consecutive monthly increase as the key manufacturing index approaches 50, the dividing line between expansion and contraction. US Retail and Food Services Sales grew by 0.56% MoM in August, and the YoY US Producer Price Index jumped to 1.6%.


US New Single-Family Home Sales contracted 8.7% in August, following a July in which new home sales grew by 8.0%. US Existing Home Sales sank for the third consecutive month, down 0.7%, and 17th out of the last 19. The Median Sales Price of Existing Homes inched 0.3% higher to $407,100, staying above $400,000 for the third straight month. Mortgage rates pushed higher in September; 15-year and 30-year Mortgage Rates ended the month at 6.72% and 7.31%, respectively.


The price of Gold fell 3.7% in September, from $1,942.30 down to $1,870.50. WTI oil per barrel briefly reached $90 in September, ending the month at $89.68, an increase of 7.3%. Brent rose 7.7% in September to $94.01 per barrel. As a result, the average price of regular gas also eclipsed $4.00 per gallon in mid-September, settling at $3.96 as of September 25th.


The prices of Bitcoin and Ethereum ended September down slightly MoM. Bitcoin slipped 1.4% to $26,917.20, and Ethereum fell 2.2% to $1,667.99. Crypto assets gave back some of their year-long gains in Q3; Bitcoin ended Q3 down 11.7% and Ethereum 10% lower. Bitcoin is up 61.7% yearly, and Ethereum is 38.8% higher.

Fixed Income

US Treasury Yield Curve

1 Month Treasury Rate: 5.55%

3 Month Treasury Rate: 5.55%

6 Month Treasury Rate: 5.53%

1 Year Treasury Rate: 5.46%

2 Year Treasury Rate: 5.03%

3 Year Treasury Rate: 4.80%

5 Year Treasury Rate: 4.60%

10 Year Treasury Rate: 4.59%

20 Year Treasury Rate: 4.92%

30 Year Treasury Rate: 4.73%

Chart of the US Treasury Yield Curve as of September 30th, 2023

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Global Bonds

Italy Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 4.83%

10 Year Treasury Rate: 4.59%

Canada 10 Year Benchmark Bond Yield: 4.06%

Spain Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 3.78%

10-Year Eurozone Central Government Bond Par Yield: 3.63%

Germany Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 2.83%

Japan 10 Year Government Bond Interest Rate: 0.77%

Chart of US and Global bond yields as of September 30th, 2023

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