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Posted on 3 March 2011 | 6,553 views

September is the Worst Month for Stocks

October usually comes to mind when you ask somebody what is the worst month to own stocks. That’s the month when Black Monday and Black Tuesday occurred, marking the crashes of 1987 and 1929. Some people might say May which has “Sell in May and go Away” tied to it. You might be surprised to know that September is historically the worst month to be invested in the stock market.

Looking through market data from October 1928 to present, there have been 415 down months on the DJIA and with September being the worst month, it also has the record for the worst monthly drop in value back in September of 1931 with a 30.70 percent drop.

Total Negative Months

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

28

37

33

35

39

41

31

32

49

35

33

22

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  • Fico Score said:


    I always thought October was the worst month but after looking through the data, I was surprised to see that September was the worst month for stock market crashes. Thanks for the data on this.

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