“When all the experts and forecasts agree – something else is going to happen.”
– Bob Farrell, Wall Street Market Strategist
September and October have brought cooler weather and, along with it, volatility to the markets. Neither are unexpected. Season are seasons, and September has historically been the weakest month of the year for stocks. The S&P 500 ended September with a 4.8% decline which was only the second down month for 2021. October is also considered to be a volatile month for investors. The 1929 “Black Tuesday” stock market crash occurred on October 29, 1929. The “Black Monday” Crash of 1987 took place on October 19, 1987. And while the fall of Lehman Brothers technically started when the company filed for bankruptcy on September 15, 2008, October 2008 experienced major market declines as we steamrolled our way into the financial crisis. Even as recently as 2018, U.S. markets lost $2T in October.