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Surviving the September Scuttlebutt

Last week marked the final days of â??summer,â?ť at least in market terms. As expected, there wasnâ??t much market participation. Now, however, weâ??ve entered September, historically the worst month of the year for the stock market.

This year, the September scuttlebutt is swirling with rumors, hints and speculation about all sorts of unknowns. Some of these unknowns, by themselves, probably arenâ??t too big a deal. Others could turn out to be a very big deal. Collectively, the fear factor over a potential confluence of unknowns is what investors are rightly worried about.

The most immediate of these worries is the threat of enhanced conflict in Syria, something thatâ??s already put pressure on stocks, and thatâ??s caused oil prices to rise. For the month of August, the Dow was down a very sharp 4.6%, its worst one-month performance since May 2012. Part of the reason for that sell-off was the Syria factor last week.

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Doug Fabian is the editor of Successful Investing and High Monthly Income, and is the host of the syndicated radio show, "Doug Fabian's Wealth Strategies." Taking over the reigns from his dad, Dick Fabian, back in 1992, Doug has continued to uphold the reputation of the newsletter as the #1 risk-adjusted market timer as ranked by Hulbertâ??s Investment Digest. For more than 30 years, Successful Investing (formerly the Telephone Switch Newsletter) has produced double-digit annual gains. Doug has become known for his expert knowledge and timely use of innovative tools like Exchange Traded Funds, bear funds and Enhanced Index funds to profit in any market climate.

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Surviving the September Scuttlebutt

Last week marked the final days of “summer,” at least in market terms. As expected, there wasn’t much market participation. Now, however, we’ve entered September, historically the worst month of the year for the stock market.

This year, the September scuttlebutt is swirling with rumors, hints and speculation about all sorts of unknowns. Some of these unknowns, by themselves, probably aren’t too big a deal. Others could turn out to be a very big deal. Collectively, the fear factor over a potential confluence of unknowns is what investors are rightly worried about.

The most immediate of these worries is the threat of enhanced conflict in Syria, something that’s already put pressure on stocks, and that’s caused oil prices to rise. For the month of August, the Dow was down a very sharp 4.6%, its worst one-month performance since May 2012. Part of the reason for that sell-off was the Syria factor last week.

To read the rest of this article, click here.

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