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Politics and Your Investments

By LouAnn Schulfer, AWMA®, AIF®
Accredited Wealth Management AdvisorSM
Accredited Investment Fiduciary®

2020 is a year of heightened political anxiety and for some investors, worry about what the future holds. It’s good to remember that we’ve made it through bouts of change in the past. Recently talking with a client, I reminded him of what really makes the markets and the economy tick, because he was already planning on what to do immediately following the election should the presidency and congress go certain ways.

Policies certainly do matter when it comes to the economy and how companies make investments to position themselves for the future.  However, larger economic forces have mattered more. Market performance comes back to fundamentals such as earnings of corporations.  I don’t think that if an election goes a certain way, consumption of goods and services will come to a screeching halt. Markets have not fallen apart overnight over the outcome of an election. I vividly recall the days following the last several elections and having to proverbially walk some investors off of the ledge to not pull all of their stock based investments into cash, but rather to maintain focus on their goals and long-term time horizons. That advice served well, because had they pulled out of the stock market when either former President Obama or President Trump were elected, they would have missed market rallies.

You may be passionate about this election.  There are several issues to weigh upon for which to cast your vote, and you may feel vehemently opposed to certain candidates or parties, and consequently may feel pessimistic about the future on November 4th. However, it is my personal opinion that this election will have less impact on the financial markets than many people fear. Ultimately, it’s long term fundamentals that drive stock performance, and these fundamentals are bigger than any one political party or election result.  In this sense, it’s good not to mix politics and your investments.

LouAnn Schulfer is co-owner of Schulfer & Associates, LLC Wealth Management and can be reached at (715) 343-9600 or  Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor.  Member FINRA/SIPC.

Content in this material is for general information only and not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All performance referenced is historical and is no guarantee of future results.

All investing involves risk including loss of principal. No strategy assures success or protects against loss.