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The 2022 Midterm Election – Cause for a Market Correction? 11.05.2022

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Many investors are asking: “If the (insert: REPUBLICANS or DEMOCRATS) win the 2022 midterm election, should I change my investment strategy?”

2022 Midterm Elections

Be it a bear, a bull, a donkey, or an elephant, investors tend to place a significantly greater amount of attention on political outcomes than is necessary, at least when it comes to their investment portfolios.

Given the relative stability of our economic system, US history has shown that there is not a “preferred” political party for the overall stock market. While electoral developments at the federal level may create shorter-term volatility, who ultimately sits in Congress matters less than you think. And regardless of which party wins the House and Senate next week, the historical performance of the stock market after the 2022 midterm election may end up being very good.

At Towerpoint Wealth, we believe that good, well-run, and profitable companies will almost always remain good, well-run, profitable companies, regardless of which way the political winds are blowing. Regardless of whether the White House and Congress are unified or divided, the stock market tends to march higher over time. However, what is also true is that volatility tends to elevate during midterm election years, even if temporarily.

equity market volatility

Sound like 2022 so far? Understanding this data, we believe that 2023 can’t get here fast enough!

Putting aside the market and investment implications of the upcoming 2022 midterm election, below is what has happened historically in Congress.

Here at Towerpoint Wealth, we witness it firsthand every two years – a cross-section of clients who lean Democrat tend to become more worried, uneasy, and concerned about their investments after a Republican win, and conversely, certain Republican clients have the exact same feelings after a Democrat victory. Either way, we recognize it can be difficult to be fully rational during this period of heightened political discourse and rhetoric.

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We have seen that politics can oftentimes distract an investor from focusing on and ultimately achieving longer-term financial goals. While there is no question that government policy can have an impact on economic growth, and can also affect specific stocks, bonds, and sectors, for most long-term investors, it makes more sense to focus on economic and market fundamentals rather than the upcoming midterm election poll results.

Two important reasons we have this viewpoint:

  1. Investment returns over the longer-term correlate directly to the economic cycle, which has less to do with who’s in office as compared to other factors that drive growth. Many economic and technological trends are much larger than politics.
  2. Economic policy is difficult to evaluate and often works with a lag. For instance, while corporate tax cuts may result in a short-term jump in the stock market, the true economic benefits occur over years and decades.

There will ALWAYS be pundits and “talking heads” on both sides of the aisle, predicting doom and gloom based on the other party’s proposals. And while there are policies that can promote long-term investment spending and job growth, the record shows that it’s incredibly difficult to accurately predict the shorter-term economic impact of any particular proposal.

John Kenneth Galbraith and his quote

It is paramount to focus on fundamentals in an uncertain environment like the one we are in today. The Towerpoint Wealth Investment Committee anticipates that the economic and market conditions that have fueled the volatility we have experienced this year will remain in place for some time after the last votes are counted, and the “noise” from the 2022 midterm elections subsides. However, we encourage you to not get too low, as the 4th quarter of 2022, and 2023 as a whole (the third year of President Biden’s term), could and probably will be quite different than what has happened so far in 2022, as evidenced by the two charts below.

Average 4th quarter US stock performance
Post Elections 2023 Strong Year

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You may be dealt an unexpected tax bill in 2022 that you may not be ready for and certainly did not ask for – a short or long-term capital gain distribution, which is a taxable event resulting from the fund’s manager selling shares or securities held within the fund.

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Useful and interesting content we’ve read over the past two weeks:

1.Recent commentary and news stories
about the midterm elections (in some cases, not for the faint of heart!)
RealClearPolitics – 11.3.2022
Democrats Aren’t Lauging at Dr. Oz Anymore
Why Republican Attacks on Crime are so Potent
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Friendly Reminder: Sen. Warnock Has a Lot of Baggage
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Battle for the Senate 2022
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3.Texas Goes Permitless on Guns. Police Face Armed Public
NY Times – 10.26.2022
Many sheriffs, police leaders and district attorneys in urban areas of Texas say there has been an increase in people carrying weapons and in spur-of-the-moment gunfire in the year since the state began allowing most adults 21 or over to carry a handgun without a license.
At the same time, mainly in rural counties, other sheriffs said they had seen little change, and proponents of gun rights said more people lawfully carrying guns could be part of why shootings have declined in some parts of the state.
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Have we reached peak inflation?

The stock market has historically rallied after inflation peaks (as measured by the CPI).

Since 1927, the average return for the S&P 500 in the 12 months following a peak in CPI was +11.5%.

Was June’s CPI figure of +9.1% the peak inflation rate for this current inflationary cycle? Based on the chart below from Blackrock, we are hopeful the answer is yes.

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