Consumers and business decision-makers are closely watching the presidential election as the contest winds down.

We do not take a position on the candidates. Our investment strategy is based on collective intelligence we gather from the financial markets and the political polling done on the race.

Current national polls, along with market sentiment, indicate a win for Hillary Clinton.

  • Historically, equities and bonds have gained during presidential election years when the incumbent party won.
  • A Clinton win could avert the anticipated market uncertainty associated with a win by Donald Trump, but a split Congress means that there will likely be no meaningful changes in fiscal policy that would alter the trajectory of the economy or corporate earnings.
  • Post-election, political uncertainty should be removed and businesses and consumers are expected to return to normal patterns of spending.

We remain cautious but willing to main­tain our current equity exposure as long as these expectations hold. A change in those expectations could alter our allocations.

  • Elections can cause volatility, but in our view, the economy, interest rates and valuation levels matter more
  • Low current yields on government bonds and the actions of the U.S. Federal Reserve will likely have more influence on fixed income returns than the election results will.

We will be keeping a close eye on corporate profits, the Federal Reserve System, and the U.S. presidential election. Keep an eye out for our upcoming special bulletin regarding the election.

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