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KCM On Balance – August 2023

The strong performance of markets over the first half of the year continued through July. Dow, the Nasdaq, and the S&P 500 were all in positive territory, a welcome improvement versus this time last year when markets were significantly down.


Slowing inflationary pressures and the labor market’s resilience, which supports consumer spending, have fostered cautious optimism among market participants for a “soft landing” of the economy.


Experiencing good and bad years in investing is natural. Market conditions, asset classes, styles, strategies, and geographical factors all contribute to variations in returns. It’s important to maintain some perspective when considering the implications of returns, good or bad, over the short run.


There will always be some reason for concern on the near horizon. However, it’s crucial to recognize that long-term results are the most significant consideration for long-term investment success.


For more details on markets, see the July Market Commentary below.


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