Should You Sell in May?

One of the most popular investment sayings is about to take over the airwaves: “Sell in May and Go Away.” The reason for the concern is that the upcoming six months (from May until the end of October) has historically been the weakest six-month stretch of the year, as our LPL Chart of the Day shows:

It doesn’t end there though, as midterm years tend to exacerbate the weak performance during these six months. In fact, out of the four-year presidential cycle, the next six months have been typically up only slightly on average and higher about a coin flip of the time (53%).