Market Commentary
September saw another setback for global markets, as European growth concerns spilled over to the U.S. For the second time this quarter, investors trimmed exposure to stocks and corporate credit in favor of cash and Treasuries. This was bullish for the U.S. dollar, which remains the strongest performing currency this year. This U.S. dollar strength combined with energy supply increases from the U.S. and concerns over International growth have put significant downward pressures on many commodities. U.S. large-cap equities held up better than International shares, while Emerging Market and small cap stocks suffered the largest losses. 

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