The U.S. market trades at an all-time high. It has been a bull market for almost 11 years, whereas historically, whenever the stock market has appreciated for 10 years or so, there will be a market crash like the one we had in 2008.
Yet, 2020 is a presidential year. Some people believe that the market will continue to head higher until after the election because Trump will do everything in his power to keep the market up since he’s going for the seat again. And the U.S. presidential election isn’t until November 3. So, the market could go up another nine months or so.
Historically, in presidential years since 1928, the S&P 500 (SPY) delivered negative returns in 4 out of 23 presidential years (17%), including:
- 1932, during the Great Depression, the market was down 8%,
- 1940, during WWII, the market was down 10%,
- 2000, the Internet bubble burst, the market was down 9%,
- 2008, a financial crisis from subprime mortgages in the U.S., S&P 500 declined 37%
The last big crash, which was in 2008 was a presidential year. It goes to show that when the market needs to crash, it needs to crash no matter if it’s a presidential year or not.
In all likelihood, whether the market will go up or down this year has nothing to do with whether it’s a presidential year or not, but keep in mind that in most years and over the long term, the stock market goes up.
If you ask me, I'm neutral about a crash. However, any event, such as the coronavirus outbreak, that is viewed to have a negative impact on the economy can drag the market down to its normal valuation of about 17 times earnings or even lower.
After putting the video together, it appears the coronavirus outbreak is triggering a correction in the market... Related headlines will likely cause volatility in the market in the near term.
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