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Chart of the Week: Seasonally weak period for Small Cap and Tech

March has historically kicked off a 6 week period when small cap and technology stocks tend to lag the broad market. Over the past 25 years, the median of the ratio of the Russell 2000 to the S&P 500 index has seen a decline from March 2nd through April 14th of around 2-1/2 percentage points. Over that same span, the median of the ratio of the Nasdaq to the benchmark measure has fallen by around 2 percentage points.
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Seasonally weak period for Small Cap and Tech

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Source: Mike Panzner, Rabo Securities
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Explanations vary, but one that makes intuitive sense is that small investors, who have often favor such shares, need to raise cash to pay their taxes ahead of the April 15th filing date.

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