How the Markets are Performing After the Presidential Election

After two months in a row of losses for the S&P 500 and DOW in September and October, election day in November immediately created a nice relief rally that we participated in at TD Ameritrade (Source:  We encourage you to meet with us for a review meeting to discuss your individual performance.

We mentioned in our last market commentary that while past performance does not necessarily predict future performance, during presidential election years in the past 70 years, on average the stock market has rallied to end the year after the election is over (Source: There is a good chance that Congress will create a new stimulus program before year-end that may also help the stock market have a positive end to the year in December.  There are also promising results from multiple vaccine trials that is encouraging the markets, despite the delay of 3-6 months before most people would have access to it.

How could the senate race affect the market?

We’re still laser-focused on the Senate runoff in Georgia, as that will ultimately determine the balance of power in Congress.  The stock market usually does not like uncertainty.  If the House is controlled by the Democrats and the Senate is controlled by Republicans, there’s a good chance they’ll argue and not accomplish too much.  We are currently in a low tax environment historically speaking, so no change when it comes to tax policy is considered positive by most stock market participants.  Bottom line:  We plan to do everything in our power to protect and grow your money in 2020, despite the coronavirus and the election.  By reviewing your portfolio holdings at TD Ameritrade daily, we believe we have the potential to accomplish that goal.

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Thank you for your confidence and referrals!

Bob Wink, Ken Wink, Jim Wink and Zach Bachner

Interesting Points

The average receipt at CVS is 2.5 feet long.  Source: -Green America

About 26% of U.S. adults now get their news from YouTube. Source: -Pew Research, September 28, 2020

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness.” -Chuck Palahniuk

Apple sold up to 2 million iPhone 12 units in the first 24 hours after release, up from 800,000 units of the Apple iPhone 11. Source: -CNBC, October 20, 2020

In a typical year, 3.6 million eviction cases are filed. However, if present conditions persist and there is not a new round of federal relief, as many as 40 million people could be at risk of eviction in the coming months.  Source: -Reuters, October 31, 2020

A report by the House Ways & Means Committee shows that Americans pay on average nearly four times more for prescription drugs than 11 economically similar countries. The United States could save $49 billion annually on Medicare Part D alone by pricing drugs similarly to the other countries studied. Source: -Becker’s Hospital Review, September 24, 2019

Voters who back a losing presidential candidate can experience as much as a 30% temporary reduction in all-around life satisfaction following the election. That’s a larger drop in happiness than Boston residents experienced following the Boston Marathon bombing. Source: -The Atlantic, November 5, 2020


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The returns are calculated using a true daily time-weighted rate of return (“TWRR” as a primary performance return methodology). TWRR is the CFA Institutes Global Investment Performance Standards (“GIPS”) required calculation for managed accounts. TWRR provides a measure of how an account was managed regardless of the dollar value and is unaffected by external cash flows. TWRR is required in GIPS Guidelines for managed accounts for two primary reasons:

  1. Impact of external flows on TWRR: Since an advisor typically does not control the timing or magnitude of investor cash flows, TWRR is deemed appropriate as it isolates performance regardless of the portfolio/account’s dollar value and external flows.
  2. Comparison across portfolios and benchmarks: TWRR can be used to directly compare performance with other portfolio/accounts and is an appropriate metric to use when comparing portfolio/account performance to benchmarks.


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