The Best Time of the Year to Invest

Today is October 29 which has historically marked the end of the worst period of the year for stocks. I took the Dow’s entire history and found that the index averages a gain of just 0.34% from May 6 to October 29 (“sell in May and go away”).

But from October 29 to May 6, the Dow has averaged a gain of 7.00%. This means that nearly 95% of the Dow’s average annual gain has come in slightly less than half the year. The rest of the other time, the market is basically flat.


I don’t think this data should be used to make any investment decisions. I simply think it’s interesting to see what the market has done historically.

Posted by on October 29th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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