What To Hold Over The Next 10 Days?
Macro and Micro, Value and Growth, Long/Short Equity, Income (DGI, Bonds, Pref.'s)
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- The end of year rally has started for stocks, and we are still on track for a rare perfect score.
- Nonetheless, there's an asset that (based on history) might perform better over the next 10 days: Gold.
- Gold, stocks, or any other asset of choice, we wish you a merry, healthy, and wealthy year, both in and out of the markets.
The last 11 days of a calendar year (starting Dec. 21) have a better than 50% win rate.
That's the longest streak (of >50% win rate days) investors can find throughout an entire calendar year.
We can already tick the boxes of Dec. 21, 22, and 23 as green days.
Can the S&P 500 make a 10/10 till year-end? The technical answer is no, as there are only 5 trading days left in 2021, but we would happily take "only" 8/8...
But if you're looking for something else, aside of stocks, that is likely to perform quite well during this time of year, you might wish to give precious metals a shot.
Over the past decade, Gold (+1.6%) has performed better than Stocks (+0.6%) between Dec. 23 - Jan. 3.
Unlike the S&P 500 that already ticked 3 days (out of eight) this year, Gold has only ticked one day (yesterday) in the historical outperforming period that it "supposes" to go through.
- Using SPDR® S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) and SPDR® Gold Shares (GLD) as proxies for S&P 500 and Gold, respectively; and
- Based on the ~0.4% difference in their performances yesterday (SPY +0.62%, GLD +0.23%); and
- If the historical outperformance of Gold over S&P 500 is about to materialize this year too;
One should expect any of the following from now until Jan. 3:
- S&P 500 to remain flat (already returned its average 0.6% for the period)
- Gold to add another 1.37% to average 1.6% return for the period
- Gold to return ~1.4% more than S&P 500, even if both rise or fall.
The Annual "Christmas Tree" stacking chart of historical annual returns for the S&P 500 is getting another, very nice, decoration this year.
Wishing you and yours Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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