The Week Ahead: Choppy Waters Ahead

Well, that's it. Summer is over, and it's time to not only head back to school, but to get back to work. As we kick off the third month in the current quarter, we're looking at a 1.7% rise in the S&P 500 for the first two months of the quarter. That gain has brought the index's year-to-date return to 14.5% -- well off the highs seen in early August. For this, we can thank renewed discussion about September stimulus tapering by the Federal Reserve; possible U.S.-led military action on Syria; and a warning from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that the U.S. will hit its debt ceiling limit sooner than expected.

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