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Sell in May and Go Away!

July 01, 2023

It turns out summer break isn’t just for students and school employees. Historically, stocks rise more in the 6-month period from November to April than from May to October.1 For this reason, investors have coined the phrase “sell in May and go away”. Why? Some consider “sell in May” a self-fulfilling prophecy because there is no consensus on why selling in May should earn a greater return than staying invested through the summer and mid-fall.2 This means by acting on the assumption that the market will underperform in the summer months causes the market to underperform.

Does this mean you should sell your stocks and stay far away from the market until November? No! Though they are typically modest, the market still historically has positive returns from May to October1 and part of getting out of the market is knowing when to get back in. In JPMorgan’s Guide to Retirement, it states that $10,000 invested in the S&P 500 from January 1, 2003 to December 30, 2022, would have been valued at around $64,844 at the end of that 20-year period. If an investor missed the 10-day performing days in that 20-year period, the $10,000 would be valued at $29,708, and missing the 40 best days in that 20-year period would have resulted in less money than they started with.3 So stay invested for the long haul and focus on your financial goals!

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