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The UK Stock Market Almanac 2016: Seasonality analysis and studies of market anomalies to give you an edge in the year ahead by Stephen Eckett

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Olympic Games

Does analysis of the historic behaviour of stock markets around the time of the four-yearly Olympic Games have anything of interest for investors?

The hosts of the Olympic Games are usually announced seven years in advance; for example after Rio de Janeiro this year the next Games will be held in Tokyo in 2020. The Olympic Games are a major event, often requiring much spending to improve infrastructure; such spending can provide a fillip to a nation’s economy. If this affects prices on the stock market it is likely to happen soon after the initial announcement of a country winning the competition to host the event – so, long before the Olympics take place.

However, in this analysis we will look at the performance of host country ...

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