Market volatility continued in August, which led to mixed performance for major indexes and exchange traded funds (ETFs).  The Dow Jones industrial average ended the month down slightly by 0.3%, the S&P 500 was basically flat, but the Nasdaq gained 1.6%.

Foreign markets and ETFs lost ground this month, with iShares MSCI South Korea (EWY) down the most at 14.8%, followed by SPDR S&P Emerging Europe (GUR) and Market Vectors Russia (RSX).

Commodity-related ETFs also ended the month lower with iShares Silver (SLV) down 23%.  Consumer, technology and real estate-related ETFs were higher, with SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) leading the way, up 14.8%.

Lower commodity prices and economic woes in Europe helped the dollar this month.

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