FAQ - Answers to your questions
Seasonality is a seasonal fluctuation or cycle forming a trend or pattern. The best-known seasonal pattern is that of the outdoor temperature. Markets also demonstrate seasonal tendencies or trends i.e., the year-end rally in the stock market or low heating oil prices during the summer. There are a number of various reasons for these seasonal patterns, for example: the weather itself, harvest periods, the heating season, interest payments (i.e. at year end), investor sentiment during certain times of the year (i.e. in autumn), yearly or quarterly financial reporting of companies or investment funds.
Our seasonal charts show the average trend of the past several years. The time axis is scaled in months, the vertical axis shows the relative value change compared with 100. The end-value of each chart shows the average trend development over the corresponding years. Our charts offer to-the-day displays and exact percentage values.
The earliest possible starting point is determined by the availability of historical daily data. In order to ensure a certain level of timeliness, historical data is initially limited to thirty years (except, for example under "Indices > Long term"). This can however increase as charts are updated. The end date of the historical data series is determined by the day of the last update. For this reason some charts are labeled "30 years seasonal" and others "24 years seasonal".
For personal use, our charts can be used free of charge. However, they may not be arbitrarily published or used on the Internet and elsewhere. Until further notice, you may use our charts for your publications free of charge, using the © mark and the web address each time (www.seasonalcharts.com), if you proceed as follows:
1. Before using a chart, please e-mail us informing us of the scheduled publication data. You can generally expect a prompt answer with permission to publish.
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Our equity and fund charts will no longer be updated. However you can call up the previous version of the website in the archive: www.seasonalcharts.com/englisch/index.htm. There you will continue to find the charts of equities and funds. The archive also contains examples for individual patterns in the form of our earlier tips. When linking, or making recommendations please refer to the current version www.seasonalcharts.com!
Seasonal charts do not need to be updated as frequently as normal price charts. Seasonal charts are calculated from an average of prices spanning i.e., 30 years. There is for instance only a small noticeable difference when two years are added to a chart calculation.