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The worst performing month for the S&P 500 stock index since 1990 has been August. The stock index has suffered an average loss of 0.7% (total return) during August over the last 25 years. The best performing month since 1990 has been December, gaining an average of +2.0%. (source: BTN Research).

An average working couple in America that turned 65 years old in 2015 is projected to receive $427,000 in Medicare benefits over their lifetime, more than 3 times the $141,000 they paid in Medicare taxes during their working years (source: Urban Institute).

America's homeownership rate (non-seasonally adjusted) dropped to 63.7% in the 1st quarter 2015, the lowest nationally since 1990 (source: Census Bureau).

The current bull market for the S&P 500 will begin its 75th month next Saturday 5/10/15, i.e., 6 years and 3 months in duration.

Updated: July 27, 2015