Money Brain: Forget the Super Bowl: Here’s the real indicator of stock market success

On Feb. 4, the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, much to the dismay of Patriots fans. The next week, the stock market fell 8%, to the dismay of fans of the Super Bowl Indicator.

The Super Bowl Indicator says that the stock market goes up if a team in the National Football Conference (NFC) or a former National Football League (NFL) team now in the American Football Conference (AFC) wins the Super Bowl; the market goes down otherwise.

This theory was correct for 15 of the first 16 Super Bowls, leading the Los Angeles Times to quote a stockbroker: “Market observers will be glued to their TV screens.

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