Investment Review – August 2018

August 17, 2018 Investment Review

  1. The major U.S. stock indexes were strong in July. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 4.71%, the S&P 500 was up 3.60% and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 2.15%.

  2. The U.S. Dollar Index was virtually flat in July. The Index is used to measure the value of the U.S. dollar versus six major foreign currencies. A stronger dollar lowers the cost of imports and increases the price of exports to foreign purchasers. A lower dollar value has opposite impacts.

  3. Cash trends in mutual fund investing are a proxy for market shifts in asset class investing sentiment. Equity funds posted an outflow of $20.81 billion in June, compared with an outflow of $8.73 billion in May. Bond funds had an inflow of $10.28 billion in June, compared with an inflow of $7.10 billion in May. Money market funds had an outflow of $32.50 billion in June, compared with an inflow of $56.41 billion in May.

Key Investment Statistics August 2018

Sources: Bloomberg LLC, FactSetU.S. Department of Labor

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