We are pleased to bring you the May edition of Reeves Invest, a Reeves Independent publication focussing on key and current information provided by Reeves Investment Services.
The phrase "sell in May and go away" is thought to originate from an old English saying, "Sell in May and go away, and come on back on St. Leger's Day." This phrase refers to a custom of aristocrats, merchants, and bankers who would sell their investment portfolios before they left town for the countryside during the hot summer months.
This would involve taking part in be part in a summer calendar of events such as Glyndebourne, Royal Ascot, Cowes week and the Henley Royal Regatta.
St. Leger's Day refers to the St. Leger's Stakes, a thoroughbred horse race held in mid-September and the last leg of the British Triple Crown.
Empirical evidence suggests that if you look at the last 50 years the merits of following this policy are pretty even but, if you include dividends then the evidence does not hold up to scrutiny. With stock markets having become more global over these fifty years it surprising that these old saying still gets trotted out every so often.
The ability to trade on a global basis was not available to those who enjoyed this privileged lifestyle in the past and certainly not at the pace of trading in todays high tech dealing room. Prior to the changes introduced in the UK on October 27th, 1987 (so called Big Bang) all trading took place on the floor of the London stock exchange with stockbrokers consulting Jobbers about prices and availability of stock. This open outcry system was undertaken at a sedate pace compared to the fever pitch of a typical dealing room in one of the high-rise buildings in Canary Wharf today.
Whilst it is wistful to look back on those days the fact remains that in today’s society and telecommunications it is not possible to follow such adages if you are to manage, protect and maximise your clients’ investments. Time in the market is more rewarding than timing the market.
With best wishes,
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