September Blues: The Role of Statistics and Psychology in Financial Markets

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September has arrived. For market participants it is not only the time to return to their offices after summer vacation, but also the time to experience a great deal of anxiety. Many investors know perfectly well that September is the worst month for financial markets in terms of performance (see Picture 1 below). Some investors are familiar with the expression, “Sell in May and Go Away”. Most investors have also heard of the Christmas rally in November and December too. Still, there is no unambiguous rational explanation for all these recurring calendar anomalies. Perhaps people are reducing their exposure to…...

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Olegs Jemeljanovs, PhD, CFA A seasoned professional in the field of financial markets, investments and economic analysis with the crucial mix of private and public sector experience (large international lenders, private boutique banks, ministry of finance, central bank, financial regulator). Able to cover macroeconomic and microeconomic trends, short-term market moves and long-term economic cycles, the role of biology and psychology in finance. Have held both front-office, sales and analytical positions. If you want complex economic, financial, political, historical, sociological and psychological concepts to be explained in a simple and accessible way then you have certainly found the right website. If your consider the sense of humor to be important then you have definitely found the right man.