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Market Commentary March 2016: Presidential Elections and the Stock Market

Does the Presidential Election Affect the U.S. Stock Market?

  • Some historians and economists believe market performance generally correlates with the four-year U.S. presidential election cycle.
  • The market tends to slump in year one, picks up in years two and three, and becomes less predictable in year four.
  • While the relationship between politics and markets is interesting, investors should focus on long-term goals.

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