The adage of “Sell in May and go away.” comes, apparently, from England — and long before electronic trading was even thought of.

The phrase we know today is only part of the original saying which was “Sell in May and go away, and come on back on St. Leger’s Day.” London traders, bankers, well-heeled merchants and various aristocrats would leave ‘The City’ to spend the warm Summers in the cooler and cleaner climes of the Cotswolds (or some such) and then return in time for the social extravaganza of a thoroughbred horse race called The St. Leger’s Stakes. With everybody out of town the markets, stocks and otherwise, would do exactly what you might expect: languish.

Fast forward to the 20th century and you can find similar migratory influence affecting Wall Street. As Summer approached traders and investors would make their way to the second home in the Hamptons (or some such). In their absence the markets would…languish.

With electronic trading, computer trading, remote access and other joyful technology things are much different today but still most two handed economists and other financial wizards will explain that ‘usually’ returns are better after Halloween and before Memorial Day. But the lower returns that might be expected in the warmer months are still positive. Isn’t positive a good thing? It sure beats nothing. And there’s more to consider: while the ‘usually’ thing may be true, we are not having a usual year.

Almost more than anything else the markets love it when expectations are exceeded. So, it’s noteworthy that in the most recent round of earnings reports, something like 80% of reporting companies have exceeded analysts’ expectations. A good reason why the first four months of 2019 have turned in performance that was last seen in 1987. (Yes, THAT 1987.)

Ron’s Market Minute 5/3/2019 — Rate Cut? What Rate Cut?

If you were watching the markets this week you may have noticed a bit of a temper tantrum. It appeared that a number of traders had convinced themselves that the Fed’s next move would be to drop rates. It didn’t happen, and in response we had a bit of a selloff. But, why should a cut have been expected?

The Fed is supposed to find a balance between inflation control and over-heating. And yet, if we take an honest look around, the economy seems to be doing that work all by itself. And, if the Fed were to step in at this point with a rate cut would that not send a signal that they are really concerned about an economic slowdown? That kind of thinking — and subsequent action — could go a lot farther toward creating a slowdown than preventing one.

This morning’s BLS Private Non-Farm Payroll report showed an impressive 236,000 jobs added in April. That’s another data point of exceeding expectations – the expected number was 179K. Also the unemployment rate dropped again. It’s now at 3.6%.

We don’t have 3.2% GDP growth, historic employment, wage growth, record corporate profits and ebullient consumer confidence in a rickety economic environment.

Enjoy your day.

Ronald P. Denk, CFP®
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