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Election Cycle

Aug 05 2023

Delayed Reckoning?

  • Aug 5, 2023

The month of October gets all the “love,” but since 1990, August has been the cruelest month for stocks. We point this out because calendar patterns lately seem to explain this market better than just about anything else. In 2022, big losses in stocks and bonds arrived right on schedule—during a time of Jewish sabbatical (the Shmita Year).

May 05 2023

Small Caps Missed The Memo

  • May 5, 2023

For the first time since 1946-47, the super-bullish, six-month window beginning with the mid-term elections through the following April, failed to see a material upswing in Small Caps. 

Apr 07 2023

Yet Another Thing The Fed Has Screwed Up...

  • Apr 7, 2023

In today’s cycle, we’ve not yet observed the usual pre-election “ramp” in M2 growth. That might help explain why the traditionally hyper-bullish, six-month window beginning at the time of mid-term elections has so far been underwhelming.

Mar 07 2023

Rose-Colored Remembrances

  • Mar 7, 2023

Monetary conditions have worsened, recession evidence is piling up, and some of our Large Cap valuation measures have returned to their tenth historical deciles. However, with the economy near full employment we thought it worth revisiting the past to find examples where the market might have temporarily thrived under similar circumstances.

Mar 07 2023

A Real Stumper

  • Mar 7, 2023

The equally-weighted Value Line Geometric Index has generated a 32.4% annualized price gain during the best six months of the presidential election cycle, measured back to its 1964 inception. In the other 42 months of the cycle, the index produced a -0.7% average annualized return.

Mar 07 2023

Bulls, Bears, And Boxing

  • Mar 7, 2023

Bears normally walk on all fours, just like their congenitally happier counterparts. But images we see of bears attacking prey (or humans) usually show them on two feet. Maybe there’s a lesson there.

Feb 07 2023

Irrationality Is Back, Right On Schedule

  • Feb 7, 2023

The hostile monetary backdrop makes recent stock market exuberance even more irrational than in early 2021. Yet, this is the middle of a seasonal window that historically boasts an elevated level of craziness: It is the year preceding a presidential election—a time when monetary and fiscal stimulus are ramped up. 

Nov 05 2022

A Trade Contrarians Will Love

  • Nov 5, 2022

Time cycles have been spot on in 2022, with the stock market declining through the mid-year months (May-October) of a mid-term election year. But November 1st saw the opening of the market’s most bullish window according to the same patterns.

Sep 08 2022

A Year That Was Cursed From The Start

  • Sep 8, 2022

In January we put it bluntly: “Longer-term time cycles don’t line up for a prosperous 2022.” Not only is it a mid-term election year, but also a Shmita Year. Eight months later, the S&P 500 loss through August has exceeded 10% for only the twelfth time since 1926.

Apr 07 2022

Cycles: A Key “Window” Is Approaching

  • Apr 7, 2022

Next month kicks off the seasonally-weak phase of the stock market’s Annual Cycle: May-October. Overlaid on that is the statistically vulnerable stretch of the four-year Election Cycle: the “mid-point” of the Mid-Term Year. There’s a positive way to spin this mid-term malaise: The cycles imply that an ideal window for a major low is about to open.

Nov 06 2020

The Stock Market & U.S. Presidential Election Cycle Revisited

  • Nov 6, 2020

We crunch some numbers to see how 2020’s stock market trends have fared compared to the typical election year, and we slice and dice past post-election year trends at the sector and industry group levels to look at potential opportunities in the coming year.

Jan 10 2020

The Stock Market Is Trading Like Trump’s A Democrat!

  • Jan 10, 2020

Around the time of Donald Trump’s inauguration in January 2017, we observed that prevailing valuations argued against him witnessing big stock market gains during his first term.

Oct 05 2018

Seasonality Set To Favor The Bulls

  • Oct 5, 2018

Our bearish stance could be tested by the arrival of the seasonally strongest six-month window of the four-year electoral cycle. Since 1926, November of the mid-term year through April of the pre-election year has produced an average un-annualized S&P 500 +16.4% total return.

May 06 2016

Sell In May: Statistical Update

  • May 6, 2016

If this year’s interest in the “Sell In May” phenomenon is any indication, there remains plenty of skepticism surrounding the market’s recent rebound. The good news is that the “Sell In May” play has been weakest during presidential election years.