It is the Christmas festivities again and many traders follow the seasonal trades that come along as well. One of these seasonal trades starts tomorrow and it is called the Santa Rally.

The trade starts by buying the S&P500 Index on the opening of the fifth last trading day of the year one is going out and closes the trade out on the end of the second trading day of the year. So, for the 2023 Santa Rally this year the trade starts Thursday 21st December 2023 and will continue until the end of the 3rd of January 2024.

It’s important to note that while the Santa Rally has been observed in some years, it is not guaranteed to happen every December, and markets can be influenced by a variety of factors. Traders and investors should exercise caution and conduct thorough analysis before making decisions based on seasonal trends.

No one can say for certain if it will be a winning trade, but in the past 20 years or so the chances of the Santa Rally winning around 70%. The S&P500 closed at 4698.35 on Wednesday, 20th December.

Let us keep an eye on the markets and see if this seasonality is just a gamble or a proper trade. If the S&P500 Index finishes above 4698.32 at the end of the trading day on the 3rd of January 2024, we will declare it a win.

Remember, this is not a recommendation to trade. I just mention this as an interesting seasonal trade that quite a few people worldwide engage in, to earn holiday money.

Several factors may contribute to the Santa Rally:

  1. Year-End Optimism:
    • Investors may become more optimistic as they approach the end of the year, anticipating positive developments in the coming months.
  2. Holiday Spending and Consumer Confidence:
    • The holiday season typically involves increased consumer spending, which can boost the financial performance of retail and related sectors, leading to a more positive market sentiment.
  3. Low Trading Volumes:
    • During the holiday season, trading volumes can be lower as many market participants are on vacation. Lower trading volumes can sometimes exaggerate market movements, contributing to a potential rally.
  4. Tax-Loss Selling:
    • Some investors engage in tax-loss selling earlier in the year to offset capital gains. In December, after this activity subsides, there may be a rebound as investors reinvest their capital.
  5. Fund Manager Window Dressing:
    • Fund managers may engage in window dressing, which involves adjusting portfolios to make them look more appealing to clients at the end of the reporting period. This activity can contribute to buying interest in certain stocks.

Here are a few considerations:

  • Historical Data: Examine historical market data to see if there is a consistent pattern of a Santa Rally in the specific markets or assets you are interested in.
  • Market Conditions: Consider the overall economic and market conditions, as well as any major geopolitical events, which can override seasonal patterns.
  • Diversification: Diversify your investment portfolio to mitigate risks associated with short-term market movements.
  • Risk Management: Implement proper risk management strategies, including setting stop-loss orders and being mindful of position sizes.

As with any trading or investment strategy, it’s important to conduct thorough research, stay informed about market conditions, and be prepared for unforeseen events.

For more information on how to improve your chances in stock trading see the article here

Merry Christmas

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