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It's finally here: For investors, it’s like Christmas, the Fourth of July, and a scary dentist’s appointment all rolled into one.
Reporting kicks off next week, as the financials begin the parade of results - and the market is hinting that it's ready to make a seasonal move higher.
We're halfway through the month of April, which is one of the best months of the year for trading. Since 1990, the month of April has generated positive returns for the S&P 500 70% of the time. The average gain is around 1.6%, which is more than 50% better than the average monthly return for the same period.
So, I could bore you with all kinds of numbers about April's performance (and if you’ve been with me for a while, you know I’ve got the data), but that's not why you’re reading this.
You're reading it to learn how to cash in for big bucks on the seasonality...
About the Author
Chris Johnson is a highly regarded equity and options analyst who has spent much of his nearly 30-year market career designing and interpreting complex models to help investment firms transform millions of data points into impressive gains for clients.
At heart Chris is a quant - like the "rocket scientists" of investing - with a specialty in applying advanced mathematics like stochastic calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and statistics to Wall Street's data-rich environment.
He began building his proprietary models in 1998, analyzing about 2,000 records per day. Today, that database, which Chris designed and coded from scratch, analyzes a staggering 700,000 records per day. It's the secret behind his track record.
Chris holds degrees in finance, statistics, and accounting. He worked as a licensed broker for 11 years before taking on the role of Director of Quantitative Analysis at a big-name equity and options research firm for eight years. He recently served as Director of Research of a Cleveland-based investment firm responsible for hundreds of millions in AUM. He is also the Founder/CIO of ETF Advisory Research Partners since 2007, noted for its groundbreaking work in Behavioral Valuation systems. Their research is widely read by leaders in the RIA business.
Chris is ranked in the top 99.3% of financial bloggers and top 98.6% of overall experts by TipRanks, the track record registry of financial analysts dating back to January 2009.
He is a frequent commentator on financial markets for CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg TV, and CBS Radio and has been featured in Barron's, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Wall Street Journal, and numerous books.
Today, Chris is the editor of Night Trader and Straight-Up Profits. He also contributes to Money Morning as the Quant Analysis Specialist.