With the 2020 U.S. election now over, today’s chart takes a look at the average post-election year.
As today’s chart illustrates, the Dow’s average post-election year (blue line) underperforms the Dow’s average year (orange line).
Most of that underperformance occurred during four calendar months: February and August through October.
The remaining eight calendar months have fared rather well.
How often has the Dow gained during a post-election year?
Since 1900, the Dow has ended an election year on the positive side 16 out of 30 times for an average win rate of 53%.
What was the biggest gain by the Dow during a post-election year?
The biggest election year gain since 1900 occurred in 1933 when the Dow gained 66.7%.
What was the Dow's biggest loss during a post-election year?
The Dow’s biggest loss during a presidential election year since 1900 was 32.8% in 1937.
How did the Dow perform during the most recent post-election year?
For the calendar year of 2017, the Dow was up 25.1%.