Don't Dismiss History

While I'm certainly not one to bet on trends, followers of market statistical data are batting 1.000 in 2011. If nearly 100 years of data are to be believed, then November and December should be a favorable period for the U.S. stock market. The Stock Trader's Almanac (STA), an annual publication,  has compiled decades of market statistics based on various patterns and other esoteric patterns.

What is interesting about the STA is that it is not some cult publication with a handful of followers, but a book full of observable patterns spanning pre-World War II. Any serious investor should read it, not for trading tips per se, but because the data should be of interest to anyone with more than a casual interest in the market. After all, farmers have their almanac that they rely to compile weather patterns. And if thousands of market participants who collectively move the market are flipping the pages of the STA, then it's worthwhile for other investors to do the same....421 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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