Historically, mid-term elections have served as reflection points for stocks. Regardless of the outcome, stocks have rallied before the election in the second half of October, and the rally has continued through the following year. The S&P has not declined after a mid-term election since 1946, and the average 12-month increase has been about 16%.

Even more interesting is that there have been rather significant market corrections in mid-term election years. Since 1962, the average market correction during mid-term election years has been a loss of 19%. Perhaps more important, one year after these corrections, the market was up an average of 32%.

Our crystal ball has been in the shop for repairs for a long time, so we have no way of knowing what will occur in 2014-2015. But the history is pretty compelling. Both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average have exhibited similar patterns in the last 17 mid-term election years.

So will 2014 make it 17 in a row for the markets’ numbers in mid-term election years? Or will it be the first time in more than 50 years to buck the trend? It is a complex question with an answer that is guesswork at best.

At PDS Planning, we prefer a simpler method to portfolio management. We encourage our clients to discount the short-term, event-driven headlines and instead maintain a portfolio that is consistent with the goals we have set with them in their financial plan.


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