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I hope that you and your loved ones are continuing to do well. Just after the Democratic and Republican National Conventions in August, I used the “From the Desk of Todd” article to address client concerns about the upcoming presidential election and whether to expect any potential impacts to portfolios. In that article, you may recall, I stressed that the markets are more dependent on the outlook of the economy rather than the outcome of an election, and that historically, the markets generally do about equally as well under either party in the White House. I continue to stress that sentiment with our clients and heading into the homestretch of the 2020 presidential elections, I wanted to share two useful resources below.

Thinking of Changing Your Portfolio Because of the Election? Think Again

The volatility of last March and April is still fresh in many minds and it’s only natural to be concerned about additional market volatility that any significant change, like an election, may bring. To help provide some historical perspective about market performance leading up to past elections and immediately following past elections, I’ve included a graph from Hartford Funds demonstrating primarily gains during each period. To read the entire article, “Thinking of Changing Your Portfolio Because of the Election? Think Again,” click here

Market Performance Tends to Be Positive 3 Months Before and After Presidential Elections
S&P 500 Index (% Returns)

Source: Morningstar, 9/20. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Index is unmanaged and not available for direct investment. For illustrative purposes only.

There are some notable exceptions. In 2008, the market sold off sharply due to the Global Financial Crisis. And in 2000, the market sold off by 4.1% from Election Day until December 12, when the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the contested election between George W. Bush and Al Gore (Morningstar, 9/20).


8 Themes to Watch for in the 2020 Election

Raymond James Washington Policy Analyst, Ed Mills, provides easy-to-digest themes in the infographic below including some potential economic policy changes. Although policies may ultimately affect the economy down the line, the infographic is a reminder to investors to “keep any D.C.-driven volatility in perspective.”


At PFG, our financial planning strategy always concentrates on investing for the long-term. We anticipate ups and downs in the market and focus on selecting the right allocations for market changes throughout the life of your portfolio. Financial plans work best when we meet regularly, discuss changes that occur in your life and make adjustments accordingly.  Please do not hesitate to reach out, particularly if it’s been a while since we’ve met.

We’re continuing to meet with clients virtually and scheduling an appointment with me can easily be done online or by calling 301.595.8600.

Todd M. Wike, CFP®
Managing Partner, Potomac Financial Group
2020 RJFS Chairman’s Council Member*

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