Typically, the month of August has not been friendly to equity investors. Even though we have seen eight new all-time closing highs for the S&P 500 during August alone, the daily give and take has left the index flat month-to-date. Still, the number of record closing highs have been quite impressive this year. Last Monday’s closing high was the 49th year-to-date. With no significant pullbacks, this leaves the index up 18.4% on a total return basis as of yesterday’s close.