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Investor Spring Cleaning: Investing Tips

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Presidential Influence

So far, the first three months of the year support what some might consider a market oddity--strong gains in the third year of a a Democratic president's first term.

According to the Stock Trader’s Almanac, the market’s sweet spot during any four-year presidency cycle is historically the fourth quarter of the midterm year and first quarter of the pre-election year.

In the five cases involving a Democratic presidency, the market has gained an average of 21.3 percent during the third year. (It's also largely true, though to a lesser extent, with GOP presidents.)

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