Is Sell in May Just a Cliché?

The old stock market adage “sell in May and go away” is based on a seasonal stock market pattern in which the six months from May to October are historically weak for stocks, with the common added belief that you might be better off avoiding the market altogether and moving to cash during the historically volatile summer months. “Sell in May” has naturally given rise to the also popular “Halloween Indicator,” which says to own stocks during the historically strong six-month period from November to April.

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