August was undoubtedly a tough month for the market, with share prices plunging on Aug. 18 and leading to a selloff on Aug. 21, reaching what some consider the first meaningful correction in years.
At the close of trading on Aug. 21, the S&P 500 fell 3.2% or 64.84 points to 1,970.89. According to the S&P Dow Jones Indices, the index lost $1.14 trillion in value that week. The DJIA was down 530.94 points to 16,459.75. Macro concerns that may have led to the selloff include Greece’s ongoing financial troubles, including its default on an IMF loan on June 30. China’s economic instability, however, gradually overtook Greece in the headlines, and was also blamed for spooking investors, as the country unexpectedly devalued its currency. Continue Reading »