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For the sportingly superstitious among you, it is apparently vital that the San Francisco 49ers emerge victorious in Seattle Sunday evening if the markets are to have any hope of counteracting the Red Sox hex.
If you’re a stock-market bull, you may want to pull for the San Francisco 49ers.
The Super Bowl Indicator holds that any NFC team winning the Super Bowl is bullish for stocks. It’s worked 80% of the time since the Super Bowl began in 1967. But if you take a close look at the S.B.I.’s performance, you’ll see the stock market LOVES the 49ers.
In fact, win or lose, San Francisco has been in the Super Bowl in four of the five best years for the stock market since the big game between the NFC and AFC champs began in 1967.
The Niners’ Super Bowl wins in 1985, 1989 and 1995 were followed by annual gains of 27.7%, 27.0% and 33.5%, respectively, for the Dow industrials. From 1967 to last year, only the Pittsburgh Steelers’ victory in 1975 delivered a bigger advance.
Even in 2013, when San Francisco lost to the Baltimore Ravens, the market boomed.
Why stock bulls should cheer for the San Francisco 49ers [MarketWatch]