Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps a solid month for the economy and financial markets. International markets were mixed in August, but U.S. markets were up across the board, despite rising tensions with North Korea and the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Plus, retail sales came back, employment grew, and consumers seemed willing and able to spend. Should we expect growth to accelerate going forward, and what’s the potential effect of the debt ceiling? Stay tuned to find out. Follow Brad at blog.commonwealth.com/independent-market-observer.