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Sell in May? Maybe not this year

The worst six months of the year are here, but the start to this year has been one of the worst ever. This week in the LPL Market Signals podcast, Jeff Buchbinder and Ryan Detrick discuss just how bad this start has been, why there is still potential for gains. They also break down the upcoming worst six months of the year, while also discussing the upcoming Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) meeting.

One of the Worst Starts to a Year Ever

This is the worst start to a year for stocks since 1939, based on the S&P 500 Index (and its predecessor the S&P 90). Ryan points out that other previous worst starts ever did see some large comebacks, so that’s the potential good news. However, what makes this pullback so rough is that bonds (as measured by the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index) have been hit hard. Jeff adds that a diversified portfolio isn’t getting much protection from bonds this time around. Overall though, with it appearing like there is no recession on the horizon, a potential peak in inflation (and therefore yields), a healthy consumer, and a potential truce in Ukraine, there are many reasons to think stocks could come back before this year is all said and done.

Sell in May is Here, Should You Do It?

The worst six months are here, but as Ryan notes, these next six months have been higher nine of the past 10 years. Jeff adds that overall sentiment is quite low and this could lead to a surprise rally once again. Ryan chimes in that maybe once everyone started to notice these months are usually weak, that is around when it stopped working. Bottom line, the strategists think a major low could be near and a surprise rally is possible.

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