Last Updated on December 19, 2022
Christmas Day is one of the federal holidays in the US. It’s a well-known “fact” that there is normally a “Santa Claus rally in stocks, but do we see the same tendencies in the gold price? Is there a Christmas/Santa Claus rally in gold? Is there an end-of-year rally? Let’s find out:
Since 2000 gold has performed really well over the Christmas holiday season. Thus, we can argue there is a Christmas/Santa Claus rally in gold.
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Let’s go on to see how gold performs during the last days of the year:
The Christmas holiday
It was not until 1840 that celebrating Christmas became widespread around the world. Even later, in 1870, December 25 was declared a holiday in the US. Since then, Christmas Day has always been a federal holiday in the US. Also, the 24th of December is now a day when most markets close earlier.
Santa Claus rally in gold?
Let’s go on to backtest to find out if there is a Santa Claus rally in stocks. We make the following trading rules:
- We buy gold at the close of the OPEX day in December,
- And we sell at the close of the first trading day of the new year.
If we backtest back to 1980 we get the following equity curve:
As you can see, the Santa Claus rally has been strong in the 2000s, but not before that. The average gain per trade is still 1.14% (a whopping 2.23% from the year 2000, though). The win rate has been 65% since 1980, but 86% since 2000 (read more about win rate in win rate trading).
Holiday effects and seasonal anomalies in the markets
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- The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday effect in trading (Backtest and strategy)
- George Washington Day/President’s Day holiday effect in trading (Backtest and strategy)
- The Easter Holiday effect in trading (Holy Thursday – best day of the year for stocks? Backtests and strategies)
- The Memorial Day Holiday Effect In Trading (Backtest And Strategy)
- The 4th of July Holiday Effect In Trading (Independence Day Effect – Backtest and strategy)
- The Labor Day Holiday Effect In Trading (Backtest And Strategy)
- The Thanksgiving and Black Friday effect in the stock market (Backtests and strategies)
- The End Of The Year Rally In Stocks (Santa Claus Rally/Effect Strategy)
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The Santa Claus rally in gold (end of year rally/effect) – conclusions
Most holiday periods show positive performance in the stock market, but the Santa Claus rally in gold has lately been on a roll. The end-of-year effect/Santa Claus rally in gold is no myth!