October Effect

October Effect

A calendar effect in which the stock market declines in October. There is little evidence that the October effect is real, but some investors still fear it because the 1929 crash and the 1987 crash both occurred in October.
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The October effect, according to Investopedia, is a theory that stocks tend to decline during the month of October.
The end of the October effect was inevitable, as it was mostly a gut feeling mixed with a few random chances to create a myth.
The October effect is considered mainly to be a psychological expectation rather than an actual phenomenon and in the world of investment, investors may be nervous during October because the dates of some large historical market crashes occurred during this month.
AFTER the crash of 1987, a "regularity" of stock market behaviour was popularised in the form of a negative October effect.