Take a look at the graphic below, which shows the percentage of months that were up and down for the S&P 500 Index going back to 1926 based on the month of the year:
For example, looking at the month of January….
There were 84 January months in my sample. Of those 84 months, 36.9% of them produced negative total returns, while 63.1% of them showed positive returns. The months with the biggest positive spread was December which showed that 78.3% of the months were positive compared to only 21.7% were negative.
For those who are interested, I ran the numbers for all the months and found that there were 1,006 months, of which 383 were negative months (38.1%) and 623 (61.9%) were positive.
Just a little trivia for your Thursday…
*The S&P 500 was known as the S&P 90 prior to February 1957.