Worst First Halves (Dow since 1900)

Inflation, rising interest rates, war, endemic, etc. — it’s been a challenging 2022.

In fact, the Dow declined over 15% during the first half of 2022.

So how does this first half compare?

To answer that question, today’s chart presents the worst first halves for the Dow since 1900 (blue columns).


This is the seventh worst first half for the Dow since 1900.

It is worth noting that for five of the six worst first halves the Dow did follow with a positive second half (gray columns).

Worst First Halves (Dow since 1900)