Sell in May and Go Away: 5 Better Investing Tips

These tired clichés still have value, especially for long-term buy-and-holders

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The historically strong six-month stretch for the market has just ended, and the beginning of May kicks off the weak six-month span of the year. Thus, it’s time for Wall Street to mull one of its most well-worn investing tips: “Sell in May and go away.”

But while this axiom is somewhat supported by a careful crunching of the historical numbers, for most long-term investors, it’s bad advice.

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James Brumley
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
James Brumley is a former stock broker, registered investment adviser and Director of Research for an options-focused newsletter. He's now primarily a freelance writer, tapping more than a decade's worth of broad experience to help investors get more out of the market. With a background in technical analysis as well as fundamental analysis, James touts stock-picking strategies that combine the importance of company performance with the power of stock-trade timing. He believes this dual approach is the only way an investor has a shot at consistently beating the market. James' work has appeared at several websites including Street Authority, Motley Fool, Kapitall and Investopedia. When not writing as a journalist, James works on his book explaining his multi-pronged approach to investing.