The worst December result last year for the S&P 500 index since the Great Depression still lingers in investors’ minds with the worry that a repeat performance might be on tap this year. Context, however, is important as 2019 nears a close.

The worst December result last year for the S&P 500 index since the Great Depression still lingers in investors’ minds with the worry that a repeat performance might be on tap this year.

Context, however, is important as 2019 nears a close. After being the best month of most years, the 9.18% loss for the S&P 500 last December was large enough to drop the month to the second best among average returns for all months. November now holds the top spot. From 1949, however, the number of times December has ended with an S&P 500 gain still is the best among all 12 months. In the previous 67 Decembers since 1949, the S&P posted a gain 47 times.

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