Are you worried how the election may affect your portfolio? With the election just weeks away you can expect to hear many different opinions on how the president will affect the market and economy. Many people on the left believe Trump is bad for everything and many people on the right see former Vice President Biden the same way. Neither president will be great or awful for stocks.

It wasn’t long ago that people were saying “A Trump win would tank the markets”. Even well-known names like Mark Cuban were predicting a market crash under Trump. Both were wrong as the S&P 500 has returned +55% during his term so far. (As of 10/13/2020).

Back in 2009, shortly after Obama’s term started people said “[His] Radicalism is Killing the Dow”. During Obama’s two terms the Dow Jones returned +148%.

As you can see, both predictions were entirely wrong. Many articles use click bait headlines and panic the average investor. As you can see below, the market has rewarded long term investors during both Democratic and Republican presidents.

Chart from YCharts

Although markets generally go up in the long term, no president has been able to stop market drawdowns. The last 15 presidents have seen an average drawdown of -33%.

Source Ben Carlson

Overall, we think returns will be similar regardless of whether we have a Democrat or Republican president. I would not recommend making an investment decision based on who you vote for. The only certain going forward is that the market will continue to go up and down. Companies will continue to innovate and adapt regardless of who is in office.

If you would like our recommendation on your portfolio or financial plan, please email me at or call 847-550-6100.


“Economists: A Trump win would tank the markets” Here
“Mark Cuban Predicts a Stock Market Crash if Trump Wins the White House” Here
“Obama’s Radicalism Is Killing the Dow” Here
S&P 500 Performance Charts (From YCharts) Here
Drawdown Chart from Ben Carlson (Twitter @awealthofcs)  Here

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