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Seasonality versus Merely Market Timing | Artwork’s Charts

Seasonality versus Merely Market Timing | Artwork’s Charts


There may be some validity to one of the best six months technique, however traders would in all probability be higher off with a easy timing software. Based on the Inventory Dealer’s Almanac, one of the best six-month interval runs from November to April. The worst six-month interval runs from Might to October. That is the place the phrase “promote in Might and go away” comes from. We are going to first examine one of the best and worst six months, after which evaluate efficiency with the timing software.

The chart beneath reveals historic seasonal efficiency for the S&P 500 since 2004 (20 years). The crimson shading reveals the worst six months, and the inexperienced shading highlights one of the best six months. There are some fairly good months throughout the worst six month interval (Might, July). There are additionally some so-so months inside one of the best six month interval (January, February).

I want to present a unique perspective on this seasonal sample utilizing an fairness curve. The technique buys the S&P 500 on the primary day of November and sells on the primary day of Might. It’s lengthy the S&P 500 throughout one of the best six months and in money the opposite six months. The chart beneath reveals the fairness curve for this technique (inexperienced line) and the fairness curve for the S&P 500 (blue line). There’s a fairly robust constructive correlation with S&P 500 efficiency as each curves rise and fall collectively. Avoiding the worst six months didn’t present immunity to broad market down swings and the Most Drawdown was 47.5%. The crimson shading reveals one of the best six months outperforming in 2001 and 2002 as a result of it missed some huge declines in September. Avoiding drawdowns is a vital a part of our methods at TrendInvestorPro (right here).

Now let’s flip the tables. We are going to now purchase the S&P 500 on the primary buying and selling day of Might and promote on the primary buying and selling day of November. These are the worst six months. Being lengthy in the course of the worst six months didn’t sustain with buy-and-hold. Nevertheless, we are able to see a constructive correlation with buy-and-hold (blue line). The inexperienced and crimson arrow strains present the fairness curve rising and falling together with the market. The crimson shading reveals the fairness curve falling because the market rose in 2010, 2011 and 2012.¬†

¬†Although one of the best six months technique carried out admirably, it didn’t protect capital because it skilled a 47.55% drawdown in February 2009. Seasonal patterns are fascinating and typically work, however they aren’t that nice for timing and avoiding drawdowns. The subsequent chart reveals the fairness curve for a method that buys and sells the S&P 500 primarily based on the 5/200 day SMA cross. Purchase when the 5-day SMA for the S&P 500 crosses above the 200-day SMA and promote when the 5-day crosses beneath. The Most Drawdown was restricted to twenty.53% as a result of the 5/200 cross triggered well timed promote indicators in 2000 and 2007. Additionally discover that the drawdowns in 2020 and 2022 have been shallower.

This 5/200 cross is a part of the Composite Breadth Mannequin (CBM), which is used for broad market timing at TrendInvestorPro. The CBM has been bullish since March thirty first (2023) and this implies inventory methods are lively. We’re at present working momentum-rotation methods that commerce Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 shares on a weekly foundation. In testing, these quantified methods handily outperformed buy-and-hold and did so with a lot decrease drawdowns. Click on right here to be taught extra. ¬†


Arthur Hill

In regards to the creator:
, CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at TrendInvestorPro.com. Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic method of figuring out development, discovering indicators throughout the development, and setting key worth ranges has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for quite a few monetary publications together with Barrons and Shares & Commodities Journal. Along with his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Enterprise College at Metropolis College in London.

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