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What is the Worst Month for Stocks?

July 25, 2019

What's the worst month for stocks?  The answer may surprise you, it did me.  We take 2 minutes to talk about it, and why it matters.  

The Worst Month For Stocks

My guess for the worst month would have been January.  But, I would have been wrong.  The worst month has been August.  The average monthly return for August since 1994 has been -0.59%.  In fact only two months have negative returns, on average.

August is a bad month for stocks.  But that doesn't mean you should make any major decisions.  In the past 25 years,  August produced gains in the stock market 17 times.  But 8 times stocks fell during the month left their mark. 

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