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$SPX in Presidential Election Years - 2020 Update (Preview)

By Lawrence G. McMillan

$SPX In Election Years

We have $SPX data going back to 1950, so it wasn’t too difficult to construct the following Table, which shows the performance of the market (as measured by $SPX) each election year, from the last trading day in July through the day prior to Election Day. It should be noted that the stock market was closed on Election Day until 1984 – a rare bit of trivia probably not known by most younger traders.

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