Category: Elections


Midterm Elections: Quick Facts on the Market Impact

Content provided by Shana Sissel, CAIA, Portfolio Manager The U.S. midterm elections are just around the corner, and investors remain concerned about how the results could impact the equity markets. The answer is simpler than many may think: The midterm elections have historically been positive for U.S. equities. It may sound odd not to consider...

Election Reflection

The inauguration of President Barack Obama, January 20th 2009.  Unrecognizable crowds in the Washington DC Mall.

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, CLS Portfolio Manager

It’s no secret that markets hate uncertainty. Trump presents uncertainty – and markets reacted that way overnight. S&P 500 Index futures were down nearly 5% at one point, but have come screaming back to trade positive on the day. Sound familiar? Following the surprise Brexit vote, markets reacted in similar fashion.

Why the snapback? Despite the uncertainty, Trump has made it clear that he wants fiscal stimulus. Whether through infrastructure spending or tax cuts, in general these policies are supportive of economic growth. Interestingly, one of the largest gainers on the news was copper – moving higher by nearly 4%. Copper is a classic gauge of global economic growth.

Despite the lack of historical precedent, history can give us some guidance. On average, markets have traded lower the day following a presidential election, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising that we opened lower. It is commonly suggested that a Democrat in the White House is favorable for stocks, but actually, historically, a Republican in the White House with a friendly Congress has been quite strong for equities.

Regardless of your feelings on the election, keep in mind that one person does not run our country. The forethought of the checks and balances system has gotten us to where we are today. As global asset allocators, we will continue to search for opportunities in all asset classes – and there are plenty of opportunities in today’s market. There will always be something to worry about and reasons to keep money on the sidelines.



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