US Elections vs. the Stock Market

With the upcoming United States presidential election, lots of investors are worried about how the election outcome will affect their investments. This is not a new worry - elections are stressful times and it seems obvious that the outcome should impact the stock market. Rhetoric from across the political spectrum certainly doesn’t help.

Fortunately, the relationship between stock markets, elections, and political parties has been studied extensively, allowing us to step back from the rhetoric to consider the historical data and the theories that explain it.

Referenced in this video:

Political Climate, Optimism, and Investment Decisions:

With Greater Uncertainty Comes Greater Volatility:

The Presidential Puzzle: Political Cycles and the Stock Market:

What Moves Stock Prices?:

Political Cycles and Stock Returns:

Time varying risk aversion:

Partisan Financial Cycles:

Unemployment and the Democratic Electoral Advantage:

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