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Tackle Today: Sell in May and go away

April 29, 2019

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≈ Be wary of sayings ≈

On Wednesday of this week the calendar will turn to May 1st. On this day in history the Empire State Building opened in 1931 and ten years later Citizen Kane would premiere. It is also singer Tim McGraw’s birthday on May 1st so be sure to get your birthday texts in early. 

What will also occur on May 1st is thousands of stock market participants will make a joke/serious remark about “Sell in May and go away.” Some will even pass it off as ancient wisdom. For those unfamiliar with the expression “Sell in May and go away” is an expression used by investors who believe stock prices will decline between May and October.  These investors subscribe to seasonality or calendar theories and thus look to exit the market during this period and look to move back into the market in November.

Those that sold in May and didn’t enter until November certainly missed bullish market conditions the last two years. With there is always a kernel of truth in many stock market sayings, be wary of making investing decisions based on clever sayings.

Chart of the Day

S&P 500 (SPY)

Chart of the Day: S&P 500 (SPY)

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