Scary September Seasonality

Portfolio managers returning to work after Labor Day tend to clean house. Since 1950, September is the worst performing month of the year. A bullish election-year does little to improve on September’s poor overall performance.

S&P 500 has declined 9 of the last twelve years on the first trading day. Options Expiration week (Triple Witching for September) is usually bullish, but beware after that!

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July Seasonality: Mid Month Update

NASDAQ’s mid-year rally (described here in late June) came to an end on July 14. From mid-July, the second quarter is usually plagued with poor performance. Enthusiam and large amounts of cash on the sidelines could keep stock prices aflot. Hower, defensive positioning seems a more reasonable bet.

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US markets year to date (YTD)

April Outlook: Bear Market Bounce

Everyone seems to be hoping for the stock market to find support here, already so much damage has been done.

A great deal of uncertainty remains for the world economy and health crisis. April looks like a good time for a bear market bounce.

Further out, investors should experience a rough ride in the market this year with quite a bit of choppy trading.

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December Seasonal Outlook: Santa Claus Rally & Year End Highs

Novemeber is tracking the seasonal patterns very closely. We still expect a mild pullback early next week, but from then on we are likely to see post-Thanksgiving gains. Early December can be disappointing for bullish traders, but as Christmas approaches the bulls come back to the parade.

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