I encourage you to review the sell in March (not May) and go away til October tendency. Notice how this tendency varies in intensify when TIME shifts from 5-years to nearly 100-years. Also, notice the subtle shifts when studied within the the 4-year cycle; certain months are stronger, while others significantly weaker. This is important because June is fast approaching.
Headline: Trader Talk: Why "sell in May and go away" is not quite so simple
It's that time again: May. Springtime, and time to revisit that old adage — sell in May and go away.
I've written many times about this, probably the most famous of Wall Street saws, so I'll keep this short.
You can argue about exactly why this seems to work, but over long periods there does appear to be something to it. Since 1950, the S&P 500 has had an average return of only 0.4 percent during the May-to-October period, compared with an average gain of 7.4 percent during the November-to-April period. This is according to Yale and Jeff Hirsch, who first brought this connection to light in 1986.
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