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Sell in May and Go Away: Two Market Myths to Avoid this Summer

By Lineweaver Financial Group
July 02, 2019 Category: Sell In May And Go Away, Market, Stock, Buy, Sell

by Jim Lineweaver, CFP, AIF Theres an old saying youve probably heard that says Sell in May and Go Away. But is that good advice? Whats the best thing for you and your investments over the historically slower summer months? The phrase sell in May and go away is thought to originate from an old English saying, and it turns out it did have some validity, at least from 1950 to around 2013. During that time, the Dow had an average return of only 0.3% during the May to October period, according to Forbes. But, since 2013 theres good reason to believe thats no longer the case. For example, the SP 500 rose nearly 7% from the beginning of May 2017 through the end of October, according to YCharts. The blue-chip index was up 5% during May through October of 2016 as well. Another common myth is the October Effect, which is the perception that stocks tend to decline during the month of October. Most statistics go against the theory. Some investors may be nervous during October because the dates

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