In seven trading sessions following the date of this report, investors will be bombarded with articles talking about selling in May as we enter what for years has been touted as the stock market’s weakest six months of the year.

This warning has some merit, but not as much as often is believed.

May generally has not been a bad month for the market, as the S&P 500 posted a gain in 43 of the 71 years since 1950. Since 2000, gains in May have been slightly more frequent with the S&P 500 logging a gain in 14 of the 21 years.

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