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President Trump's Survival Could Depend on Markets

11/13/2019 9:38 am EST

Focus: MARKETS

Avi Gilburt, Esq

Founder, ElliottWaveTrader.net

Historical analysis suggests that stock market behavior is the best predictor of election outcomes, reports Avi Gilburt.

While the title of this article may be hyperbolic, I can assure you that this is not a politically motivated article.  In fact, politics has absolutely nothing to do with the analysis and conclusions presented here.

I want to start with the assumption that we have spoken about so often, and that it is social mood which directs our actions in life, including our willingness to buy stocks.  As Robert Prechter noted in a study, he published in 2012 on this topic, “[s]ocionomic theory proposes that unconscious social mood regulates social actions.”

In this study, Prechter used the stock market as a gauge of the public’s social mood to determine if there was some causality between social mood and an incumbent President’s re-election prospects.  Within the study, they utilized data going back to 1792, and performed testing using various factors.  The goal was to determine the effect of social mood upon an incumbent’s re-election potential.

As Mr. Prechter noted in his conclusions: “We found that the stock market is significant predictor of election results in all cases. As surmised, the best result was the three-year period prior to the election. One of our landslide tests obtained a perfect score.”

Moreover, they even compared their results to the results they would achieve if focusing on other economic variable such as GDP, unemployment, inflation, etc.   Yet, they concluded that,

“[w]e found that the stock market outperformed every one of the economic variables.”

In sum, Mr. Precther concluded: “We believe our study helps demonstrate that aggregate voting at the margin—swing voters—are not so much rationally weighing the potential value of each candidate but rather voting primarily based on how they feel. When a positive trend in social mood induces investors to push the stock market upward during the three years prior to an incumbent’s re-election bid, it also induces voters to credit the incumbent for their good moods and vote to retain him in office. When a negative trend in social mood induces investors to push the stock market downward during the three years prior to an incumbent’s re-election bid, it also induces voters to blame the incumbent for their bad moods and vote to reject him from office.”

In the period beginning three years prior to the 2020 election (November 2017), the S&P 500 was within 2550, and has risen more than 20% higher since.   Therefore, if the market maintains these levels or higher into the election, it is likely that President Trump would win, based upon Prechter’s historical analysis.

However, based upon my stock market analysis, that stocks are likely  headed into a tough period in 2020, Trump’s prospects are weak, even though the greater probabilities suggest that we are on our way to my long-term target of 4000. It’s all about timing.

Avi Gilburt is a widely followed Elliott Wave analyst and founder of ElliottWaveTrader.net, a live trading room featuring his analysis on the S&P 500, precious metals, oil & USD, plus a team of analysts covering a range of other markets.

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