The S&P 500 fell almost 7% in the third quarter. Combined with recent volatility, the decline prompted many worried investors to contact their advisors. Even though most advisors caution clients not to be concerned with short-term results, many investors continue to view performance that way.
With that in mind, it might be helpful to look at some statistics compiled by Sam Stovall, U.S. equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ. In a recent note, Stovall revealed that, since 1945, the S&P 500 has risen 77% of the time in the fourth quarter. What’s more, the average move was a gain of 3.8%.
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