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Does it matter for stocks that win the White House? Is there anything unusual about the contestants this year that could affect the markets regardless of who wins?

For answers, we turn to Ed Clissold, chief US strategist at Ned Davis Research, who has studied elections and the impact on markets since 1900.

These questions and answers were derived from written research and an interview with Clissold. It was edited for brevity.

There seems to be a lot of confusion about this choice and the implications for the markets. What are you taking

Part of the problem is that this is an unusual situation. The incumbent is in the midst of a recession and a sharp decline in the market, even though it did so earlier in the year. I don’t mean “recession” as technically defined by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). I mean, a lot of the US thinks we are in a recession.

Why is this perception important?

When these conditions are met, the incumbent is a serious underdog. Since 1900, the incumbent party has won five times and lost nine times when the DJIA fell 20% or when there was a recession in the election year. But the last incumbent to win in the circumstances was Truman in 1948. Neither party has kept the White House since 1952, when it either fell 20% in markets or entered recession, and both took place in 2020 instead of.

But isn’t that a unique recession? This was caused by Covid-19.

Yes. With the cause of the 2020 recession being an exogenous shock, one of the biggest questions this fall will have is whether voters will blame President Trump for the economy. Most recessions have a more complicated origins than this, and Trump is certainly trying to claim that he is the better one to deal with.

Is there anything unique about Biden? He proposes changes to tax legislation at both personal and corporate level. That’s important to Wall Street, isn’t it?

Yes. The main concern we’ve heard from our customers is that higher taxes and more regulations would adversely affect stocks.

OK, you made it clear that the circumstances are unusual this year. But what about the historical record? Is the stock market doing better or worse with a Republican or a Democrat in the White House?

Markets tend to rise whether there is a Democrat or a Republican in the White House. Adjusted for inflation, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen an average of 3.8% per year among Democrats since 1900, compared with 1.1% among Republicans.

Why is that?

The president doesn’t have as much of an impact on the economy as many people think. There are many factors that determine returns, and who is in the White House is just one of many factors, including the fact that the US is a capitalist society where the means of production are largely privately owned and that there is a judicial system gives that enforces contracts.

What if one party controls both Congress and the White House?

If Republicans control both Congress and the White House, the average return is 7.09% per year. Under Democratic presidents, the market grew faster when their power was reviewed. With Democrats in control of Congress and the presidency, the market is up an average of 2.96% a year, but with a Democratic President and Republican Congress it is 5.21%.

What about immediately after an election by the end of the year?

The market tends to do better when the established party wins than when the established party loses.

Why is that?

This is likely because the market often reacts to uncertainty and a change in party leadership is another unknown.

For this short period of time, does it matter whether a Republican or a Democrat won or lost?

The biggest gains by the end of the year will come when incumbent Republicans win, and the biggest losses when incumbent Republicans have lost on average, likely because Republicans have often positioned themselves as pro-business.

If the Republicans lose, does that outperformance extend into the following year?

No. That relative performance was reversed in the post-election years, with the highest average gain in years after Republican losses.

What does that tell us? Apparently, a lot of this debate about the Republican and Democrat impact on stocks is about perception.

Yes. Party control is, in most cases, more about mood than the basics. Once the election is over, investors can focus on other things, such as: B. Profits, economic growth or interest rates. Regardless of what mood market actions take place in the election year, they tend to fade and reverse.

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