If last week felt like an odd start to a new trading year, there was a good reason; it was odd. From CNBC:
This was the worst year-starting five trading sessions ever in the history of both the S&P 500 and the older Dow Jones Industrial Average (created in the middle of 1896).
Worst First Day Of The Year Since…
The first trading day of the year was the worst since 2008 for the Dow. In 2008, the S&P 500 lost over 36%. For the S&P 500 and NASDAQ, it was the worst first trading day of the year since 2001. In calendar years 2001 and 2002, the S&P 500 lost 11.85% and 21.97% respectively. Unfortunately, as outlined in this week’s stock market video, the stats above are not the only similarities to 2001 and 2008, telling us it is prudent to double-check our bear market contingency plans.