What Happens If Trump Wins?
August delivered an uncharacteristically strong performance, but it’s followed by September, a historically weak month. In Part 2 of our two-part election preview series, we focus on what a potential second term for President Donald Trump could mean for stocks and the economy.
The stock market continues to soar, while the economic data impresses as well. This week in the LPL Market Signals podcast, LPL strategists discuss the amazing August and look ahead to a busy September. Plus, they consider what a potential second term for President Donald Trump could mean for stocks and the economy.
What an August!
Stocks are delivering their best August performance since the mid 1980s, with many new highs along the way. The approximately 6% gain for the S&P 500 Index in August followed the 5% bounce in July. This takes us to the doorstep of what’s traditionally been the worst performing month of the year, as September historically has been quite weak. As the LPL strategists note, however, during an election year October has been the worst month of the year—suggesting jitters before an election are normal. With a nearly 60% rally from the March lows, some type of pre-election weakness would be perfectly normal.
What happens if President Trump wins?
Last week LPL strategists examined what would happen if former Vice President Joe Biden won the election, and this week they focus on a second term for President Trump. Unlike with Biden, we know what to expect from a Trump administration. No new higher taxes, less regulation, and continued tough negotiations with China all are quite likely. The strategists also note that a strong three months in the S&P 500 before an election historically has turned out well for the incumbent party. Given the strength of stocks recently, this may bode well for Trump, suggesting polls may be much tighter than what is being shared. On the other hand, a recession occurring before an election has ended hopes for previous presidents, and that could tell a much different story than the stock market.
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