August 16, 2021

Gold rose to its highest level since plunging on August 6 on renewed geo-political uncertainty after the Taliban took Kabul this weekend, effectively giving them control of the entire country. Equities fell on the news but have recovered from their lows with the Dow turning slightly positive, up 5 points. The S&P 500 is virtually flat, down a point, while the Nasdaq is 0.45% in the red.