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Sector Tendencies During Presidential Election Years

Sector Tendencies During Presidential Election Years

Below are seasonal charts of the stock market sectors during Presidential Election year. For the most part, sectors follow the same pattern as in average years, except for Technology and Materials.   Technology and Materials deviated significantly from their typical path after the month

01.19.2012| Timing The Market |

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Best ETFs for the Santa Claus Rally

Best ETFs for the Santa Claus Rally

One of the best known seasonal events on Wall Street is the Santa Claus Rally. The event occurs from just before Christmas Day to just after New Year’s Day. Investors consider price gains during this period as Santa’s gift to equity markets. The event is more than a guy in a red suit coming to

12.20.2011| Timing The Market |

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Investing in the Small Cap Effect with ETFs

Investing in the Small Cap Effect with ETFs

Small cap U.S. indices have a history of outperforming Big Cap indices from the middle of December to at least the end of February. Will the “Small Cap Effect” happen again this year? Thackray’s 2012 Investor’s Guide notes that the Russell 2000 Index outperforms the Russell 1000 Index fro

12.13.2011| Timing The Market |

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The Memorial Day Effect on the Stock Markets

The Memorial Day Effect on the Stock Markets

North American equity markets have struggled during the month of May. Headlines have focused on concerns about sovereign debt issues, rising inflation rates, increasing interest rates and a slow down in U.S. economic growth. However, investor enthusiasm for equities could turn positive before the

05.29.2011| Timing The Market |

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January as a Stock Market Indicator

January as a Stock Market Indicator

The month of January was named after Janus, the Roman god of gates, doors, beginnings, endings and time. He often is depicted as having two heads facing in opposite directions. One head looks back at the last year while the other looks forward to the beginning of the New Year: January. What does

01.16.2011| Timing The Market |

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