September is a month of notable transitions. There are seasonal changes—including the end of summer and the beginning of fall—the beginning of a new school year, the start of another football season, and of course, the onset/onslaught of Pumpkin Spice everything. Certainly most of us will welcome cooler weather.
Scorching temperatures made this one of the hottest Augusts (and early Septembers) on record. However, while it was quite warm outside, markets were cooling down. Despite a rally late in the month, all three major indexes had a rough go. After dropping almost -8% at one point, the Nasdaq managed to claw back enough to finish down -2.05%, the S&P 500 finished down -1.6%, and the Dow closed the month down -2.01%. Some of the market malaise was driven by corporate profits falling for the second straight quarter as firms grappled with the impact of higher interest rates. Still, a raft of reasonably positive economic reports at the end of the month pointed to normalizing economic conditions and suggests the Federal Reserve may be on a course to hold rates steady at their meeting later in September.
September has typically been a lackluster month for markets, and investors appear jittery. Long-term investors would do well to heed the advice of Warren Buffet: “We don’t have to be smarter than the rest. We have to be more disciplined than the rest.” It is the disciplined investor who, staying patient in the face of a rush to action by other market participants, earns the rewards that accrue to investors over time.
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