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Investing During Election Years

Updated: 4 days ago

For investors navigating the stock market during election years creates a lot of anxiety. The heightened political uncertainty and the potential for policy shifts can create a volatile environment, leaving many wondering whether it's wise to stay the course or retreat until the political storm passes.

BlackRock published some really good information recently to help you stay confident during election years. Here's the full Student of the Market edition slidedeck: LINK , but these two slides were my personal favorites.

Over the past 98 years $1,000 would have grown to $14 million if you stayed invested during the entire period!

I already hear this response: "Look how much higher it was during Democrat/Republican Presidents!"

Let's dive into that.

Over the last 10 years if you stayed invested the whole time your money would have more than tripled! Expanding the view - over the past 70 years if you stayed invested the whole time your $1,000 would have grown to more than $1.5 million!

One last point I like to make: look at performance if you invested only when your party held the Presidency. It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or Republican, you hurt yourself almost equally no matter what side you're on if you pick and choose when to be in or out of the market.

Remember that successful investing is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay patient, stay disciplined, and trust in the power of compounding returns over time.

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