2020 is a year for the record books and this election is no exception. 24 hours later and we still don’t know who won. And whoever takes it will do so by the slimmest of margins.
As disruptive as this appears, the stock market doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, it cheered the results, surging more than 3% in midday trade.
Some people think investors are excited Trump proved the pollsters wrong and made this an incredibly close contest. And while this might be true for small, retail investors who are big Trump supporters, institutional money is far more excited Democrats didn’t take over the entire government.
The stock market loves split governments. As much a people complain about political gridlock, markets love it because no one is changing the rules on them in the middle of the game. Good news or bad news, the stock market can price anything in and move past it. What the market cannot deal with is constantly moving goalposts.
Dems seem poised to keep the house. Republicans will probably keep the Senate. And that means president Biden/Trump is less important because the opposing party in Congress will keep a lid on their boldest ambitions.
Anymore it seems like “compromise” is a dirty word in our highly partisan society, but the only thing the market loves more than sensible compromise is total gridlock. Here’s to wishing for four years of absolutely nothing.
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Jani Ziedins (pronounced Ya-nee) is a full-time investor and financial analyst that has successfully traded stocks and options for nearly three decades. He has an undergraduate engineering degree from the Colorado School of Mines and two graduate business degrees from the University of Colorado Denver. His prior professional experience includes engineering at Fortune 500 companies, small business consulting, and managing investment real estate. He is now fortunate enough to trade full-time from home, affording him the luxury of spending extra time with his wife and two children.