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Monthly Returns During Presidential and Congressional Election Years

October 19, 2021 • Posted in Calendar Effects, Political Indicators

Do hopes and fears of U.S. election outcomes, associated political machinations, alter the “normal” seasonal variation in monthly stock market returns? To check, we compare average returns and variabilities (standard deviations of returns) by calendar month for the S&P 500 Index during years with and without quadrennial U.S. presidential elections and biennial congressional elections. Using monthly S&P 500 Index closes over the period December 1927 through September 2021 (nearly 94 years), we find that: (more…)

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