Record Market Volatility Affects Model Shadow Stock Portfolio
The Model Shadow Stock Portfolio is down 5.1% for the year as of the end of August.
This lags the S&P 500, as represented by Vanguard 500 Index fund (VFINX), which is down 1.9% year-to-date. Large-cap stocks have been catching up a bit after trailing significantly for several years.
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Market volatility has been at record levels this last quarter. The bulls and bears seem to be fighting it out, with each having big days. The market is still negative in a year that is usually the strongest in the four-year election cycle. As I mentioned before, the push for reduced government spending by both Democrats and Republicans has neutralized the usual “spend to get votes” impact of pre-election years.
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