Definition of January Effect

Financial Terms Beginning with J

What is the January Effect

The January effect is a theory that suggests stocks and other assets will increase in value during the month of January so if an investor buys on the first trading day of January, the expectation is that they should be profitable on the last trading day of January. While in recent years, this theory has not been an accurate indicator for stock prices, it has had a better track record with bond prices.

Glossary of Terms and Phrases

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