This coming Friday, 16 February 2018, will be the start of the Chinese New Year.
The following chart plots the average performance of the S&P 500 Index for each animal year since 1950. For example, Ox years started in 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009; and the average performance of the market in those (Chinese) years was +14.0%.
NB. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year cycle and so performance has been calculated for each lunar year – not the corresponding calendar year.
The Chinese New Year starting this Saturday will be the Year of the dog!
This is very good news for investors, as since 1950 dog years have the strongest average returns of the S&P 500 Index of any of the Chinese zodiac animals. Over the last 50 or so years the average lunar year return for dog years has been an impressive 16.8%.