The race for the Presidency has taken several twists and turns the past few weeks. Last week was a real doozy: Wikileaks release of emails, Donna Brazile’s scandal and FBI Director James Comey’s letter to Congress. All told; the election outlook is becoming more uncertain as Donald Trump catches up to Hillary Clinton.
I quantified that uncertainty which was outlined yesterday in a popular article in Forbes. As I wrote, “We have a House. We have a Senate. Who controls Congress matters and the balance of power needs to be factored into any analysis of both a post-election market reaction and how investors should in turn react.”
There are eight possible president/House/Senate configurations worth considering. Forbes detailed my analysis of “The Two Most Likely Outcomes of Eight Possible Scenarios.” I suggest you read the article and pass it on to friends and colleagues. As the election is a fluid situation, I will update my Forbes article next week.
The heightened uncertainty has manifested itself in the Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) which has declined for six straight sessions by a total 1.84%, as Trump’s candidacy gains momentum heading into next Tuesday’s election. Small cap stocks which are more sensitive to interest rate increases have been hit the worst. Implied options volatility, a measure of market fear and uncertainty has been on the rise. It is also worth noting that the bond market is getting sold rather aggressively as yields rise. Money is flowing out of bond funds at accelerated rates. My opinion is that cash will eventually make its way to the stock market.
This next week is not going to be smooth sailing. The FOMC meets today but I expect no action. During these periods of uncertainty, it takes patience and discipline to stay focused and not panic. You just need to hold on a few more days till the clouds of uncertainty disappear.
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