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Midterm Election Years – Correction & Rebound

Cambiar examines market movements during midterm election years.

The recent market pullback should not come as a surprise as past midterm elections have often coincided with elevated market volatility – with an average intra-year market correction of -15% for the S&P 500 and -21% for small-cap stocks.

Investors who stay the course through these pre-midterm drawdowns are often rewarded via a subsequent rally in equities.  The average one-year performance, post-correction, for the S&P 500 has been 31%, while the Russell 2000 has returned 41%, respectively.








Thus far, 2018 has played out in a similar fashion – as various political and market uncertainties have resulted in a broad-based correction in equities.  Cambiar believes this type of indiscriminate selling can create buying opportunities for various high-quality franchises.




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The Russell 2000® Index is a float-adjusted, market capitalization weighted index that measures the performance of the 2,000 smallest companies in the Russell 3000® Index, which consists of 3,000 of the largest U.S. equities. The S&P 500 index is a market capitalization weighted index of 500 of the top companies in leading industries of the U.S. economy.


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