Affinity “Mark” et Minute – November 6, 2018

//Affinity “Mark” et Minute – November 6, 2018

Affinity “Mark” et Minute – November 6, 2018

Investment Commentary –November 6, 2018

Year to Date Market Indices as of Market Close November 6, 2018
Dow 25,635 (3.70%)
S&P 2,755 (3.06%)
NASDAQ 7,375 (6.85%)
Gold $1,224 (-7.86%)
OIL $66.35 (14.67%)
Barclay Bond Aggregate (-2.55%)
Fed Funds Rate 2.25% (last increase was 9/26/18)

Dow up 100 points as crucial midterm elections come into focus

U.S. stocks continued to edge higher midday Tuesday, as traders awaited the results of midterm elections that could set the political tone on Wall Street for at least the next two years.

How are the benchmarks performing?

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.68% rose 130 points, or 0.5%, to 25,593, the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.63% added 13 points to reach 2,751, a rise of 0.5%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index NQZ8, +0.96% climbed 0.7%, or 48 points, at 7,376.

On Monday, the Dow DJIA, +0.68% rose 190.87 points to 25,461.70, a gain of 0.8%, and the S&P 500 SPX, +0.63% added 15.25 points, or 0.6%, to end at 2,738.31. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.64% meanwhile, fell 28.14 points, or 0.4%, to 7,328.85.

What’s driving the market?

Midterm elections, which are expected to see Democrats take control of the House and Republicans maintain a grip on the Senate, are under way and the results could have implications for President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda.

In the final pre-election Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Sunday, Democrats held a 7 percentage-point lead on the question of which party should control the next Congress.
The most likely outcome of the elections is political gridlock, which has historically been a positive for investors, but may forestall expectations for infrastructure investments and further deregulation that might help lift shares of financial firms.

This is what’s happened to stocks after every midterm election since World War II

It’s good news, even though Americans are on edge about politics

Are you prepared for Tuesday? It’s going to be a crucial day for the stock market.

If the polls are correct, President Trump and Republicans are in big trouble. There’s an 85% chance Democrats will seize control of the House of Representatives from Republicans, according to statistical analysis firm FiveThirtyEight.

This is causing big-time anxiety for investors who’ve enjoyed the 28% stock market rally since Trump took office. No matter what you think of Trump, his reign as president has been great for stocks. But as the election has drawn closer, the market has fallen apart.

The S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.63% closed out October for a 7% monthly drop, nearly its worst month since the financial crisis. So what could happen this month — and the months ahead?

So let’s steer clear of opinion and emotion. Instead, I want to focus solely on the facts that are relevant to you as an investor. As you’ll see, you don’t need to waste even one second worrying about which party will win on Tuesday. I was surprised by what we found.

Since 1946, there have been 18 midterm elections. Stocks were higher 12 months after every single one. Every single one. That’s 18 for 18. Even though we’ve had every possible political combination in the past 72 years. Republican president with Democratic Congress. Democratic president with Republican Congress. Republican president and Congress. Democratic president and Congress.

Since 1946, stocks have risen an average of 17% in the year after a midterm. And if you measure from the yearly midterm lows, the results are even better. From their lows, stocks jumped an average of 32% over the next 12 months. For perspective, that’s more than double the average performance for stocks in all years. We’re also entering the third year of a presidential term, which is historically the strongest year for stocks.

Take a look at this chart. You can see that the performance of stocks in the third year of a presidential term beats all other years by a long shot:











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Bouncing back: Stocks regained positive momentum after posting steep declines in two of the three previous weeks. The S&P 500 and the Dow both added more than 2%, returning to positive territory year to date just a week after going briefly negative on a price return basis.

Bruising October: A rally over the final two days of the month took only a little of the edge off the U.S. stock market’s worst October performance since 2008. The 6.9% decline in the S&P 500 was the biggest drop for any month in seven years, leaving the index with only a tiny gain over the first ten months of the year.

Bouncing back: Stocks regained positive momentum after posting steep declines in two of the three previous weeks. The S&P 500 and the Dow both added more than 2%, returning to positive territory year to date just a week after going briefly negative on a price return basis.

Upcoming this week: Wednesday
U.S. Federal Reserve Board opens two-day policy meeting
Other Notable Indices (YTD)
Russell 2000 (small caps) 1.79
EAFE International -8.53
Emerging Markets -14.34
Shiller Annuity Index 4.45

The views presented are not intended to be relied on as a forecast, research or investment advice and are the opinions of the sources cited and are subject to change based on subsequent developments. They are not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investments.

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About the Author:

In addition to managing clients’ money and giving investment and diversification advice, Mark offers something that “the other guys” don’t - a unique approach to Retirement Tax Strategies and distribution. Time and time again, Mark meets with new clients who tell him they have a great relationship with their financial advisor but have never been offered information on this kind of approach to securing their financial futures. Mark has taken this feedback to heart and works tirelessly to ensure that his strategies focus on taxes and distribution. Mark started selling insurance for a major insurance company right out of high school to help put himself through college. After graduating with a degree in finance, he dove into estate planning on the financial side to set himself apart from other financial advisors. However, as changes were made to estate tax laws over time, Mark shifted his focus to income tax strategies. Mark’s philosophy is “the blue prints are more important than the wall paper or carpet.” The wall paper and carpet represent products like investments and insurance policies, whereas the blue prints represent the strategies. Once strategies that truly fit the client’s needs are put in place, our focus can shift to providing you with the right products. According to Mark, “It doesn’t matter what carpet we use if the walls are not in the right place.” Our approach to money management is designed to generate the largest alpha (quality) with the lowest standard deviation and beta (risk). By doing this, we help provide clients with the highest return on the lowest risk. Generating income for our retirees is also very important. Because withdrawing money from your portfolio hurts the account rather than helping it, our goal is to design income strategies to harm the portfolio the least making the money last longer.