Surprising data point about Q4 market numbers:

From 1990-2010, the fourth Quarter has produced gains near 5% — that nets a return higher than the cumulative return first, second and third quarters combined (3.5%).

Consider it a variation of Sell in May . . .

Category: Markets

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6 Responses to “Fourth Quarters are Da Bomb”

  1. PeterR says:

    Thanks Barry,

    Any chance of showing the year-by-year details behind this vague Q4 average?

    For instance, how about Q4 in the years 2000, 2007 and 2008?

    Also, what are the average S&P 500 returns after each of these “good” Q4 readings? My guess is that these returns going out 1-5 years may be a bit inconsistent. For instance see after Q4 of 2001 — not so pretty.

    Reminds me of the old adage, “Just make sure the light at the end of the tunnel is not a fast freight heading your way!”

    In other words, let’s make sure “Da Bomb” is not prelude to “Da Bomb Bay Doors Are Open.”

    End of month window dressing through Wednesday IMO.

    Santa Rally TBD.

    Thanks again for all your hard work and insights.

  2. gstream says:

    Sorry this is off topic, but I feel like I need to comment on the Effen banner ad at the top of your blog today: It expands if the mouse passes over it, even after asking it to close. This detracts and cheapens TBP, and is incredibly annoying.

    I don’t mind the content of the ad, just the delivery mechanism.

  3. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    OT, but seems very important, from WaPo:

    Judge throws out SEC-Citigroup settlement

    By David S. Hilzenrath, Updated: Monday, November 28, 1:30 PM

    A federal judge Monday rejected the SEC’s plan to settle a major case against Citigroup and ordered the two sides to prepare for a trial.

    In a powerful rebuke to a federal agency responsible for policing Wall Street, U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff said that if the charges against Citigroup are true, the SEC settlement is too weak to hold the bank accountable..

    Rakoff criticized the SEC’s decision to charge Citigroup with negligence instead of knowing or intentional fraud.

    Rakoff, an outspoken critic of the Securities and Exchange Commission, also slammed the agency for following its standard practice of allowing defendants to settle charges without admitting or denying wrongdoing.

  4. DSS10 says:

    Bubblelicious….. Too many liquid assets looking for a home….

  5. SCTTD says:

    Great! 1131.42 * 1.0491 = 1186.97

    So we should expect to end December about 8 points below current level if this is an average year.

    Oh wait, We had the best October since 1932, the worst Thanksgiving week since 1932, eh never mind.

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