Earnings season is upon us, and it’s usually the time I look forward to, as it either confirms expected profitability or sends warning signs. This time around however, there is not much that can be taken from the numbers. The massive stimulus that we have witnessed to date, along with what we expect to come in the next few weeks, provides a backdrop to this market that we have never seen before. The word “unprecedented” is being used with unprecedented frequency.
I’m starting to pay more attention to what’s beyond the next round of stimulus and that’s an election and a huge debt burden that will ultimately need to be dealt with all the while the economy recovers.
The polls and the money are all leaning towards a democratic sweep in November.
If the last election is anything of a guide, then the betting markets are a good guide of where the race is today, but does a terrible job on where the race will be on election day. These same markets gave Sanders and Warren the Democratic nomination before Biden won South Carolina.
Our job as investors, however, is to model out different circumstances. So, what will it mean if there is a blue sweep? It’s hard to imagine a circumstance where taxes would not rise in that scenario, which in the short term would be negative for market sentiment. Longer term, I argue that it really doesn’t matter who is in office. Uncertainty is a bigger negative for the markets than who sits in the White House. I wrote a piece before mid-terms in 2018 showing market returns under different political landscapes, and surprisingly there are better returns (on average) under Democratic leadership.
To date, the market has not paid much attention to these polls. I don’t expect it to come much into play till after the conventions in mid-August. From that point, I think the risk will outweigh the potential returns till we get some certainty on the outcome.
1. We’ve had a few data points of interest recently. Nasdaq went to all-time highs and I’ve heard from a few people that it feels like the late 90s when the tech stocks ran up. The chart below puts things in perspective.
2. When the 50-day moving average crosses the 200 day on the way up it’s called a Golden Cross. A Golden Cross is generally known as a bullish sentiment. They don’t happen all that often, but when they do its generally provided some nice returns.
3. Gold is up 19% for the year, as the Fed Balance Sheet expands to over $7T. It’s been a long time since Gold had a better year than the equity markets. However, if there is ever an environment where you would expect Gold to outperform, this is it. The recent downturns in the stock market was meant with some strength in the Gold Spot Price. This is what we are looking for, non-correlating assets.
That’s all for this week. With all that said, here’s the buy sell.
Mick Graham, CPM®, AIF®
Financial Advisor/Branch Manager Raymond James Melbourne, FL
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