This infographic shows how financial markets have performed under Democratic and Republican presidents, and during election years in general. The market’s performance has been roughly the same under Democratic and Republican presidents. Over the 95 years they held office between 1860 and 2019, the annualized compound growth rate under Republicans was 8.3%. For the 65 years Democrats held the White House, it averaged out to 8.4%. Experts believe this statistically insignificant difference offers little to no value when it comes to your investing strategy. Month-to-month market performance during election years hasn’t followed any distinctive patterns—the numbers are very close to random. Stock volatility tends to be lower in the months before and after a presidential election. From 1860 through 2019, the average S&P 500 Index volatility 100 days before and 100 days after elections was 13.8%, compared with 15.7% overall. Markets are complex, and their performance isn’t tied to any one variable alone. Politics are just one piece of a much bigger picture. Above all, stay focused on your own goals and long-term investing strategies. That’s what matters most.

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* 60% GFD US-one hundred Index and forty% GFD US Bond Index, as calculated by historical facts service provider International Economical Data. The GFD US-one hundred Index includes the major fifty companies from 1850 to 1900, and the major one hundred companies by capitalization from 1900 to the present. In January of every yr the biggest companies in the United States are rated by capitalization, and the biggest companies are decided on to be component of the index for that yr. The next yr, a new checklist is created and it is chain-linked to the previous year’s index. The index is capitalization-weighted, and both of those selling price and return indices are calculated. The GFD US Bond Index utilizes the U.S. authorities bond closest to a 10-yr maturity with no exceeding 10 several years from 1786 until 1941 and the Federal Reserve’s 10-yr continuous maturity yield beginning in 1941. Every single month, adjustments in the selling price of the fundamental bond are calculated to determine any capital obtain or loss. The index assumes a laddered portfolio which pays desire on a every month foundation. All returns think dividends/desire discount coupons are reinvested into their respective indexes. Typical returns are geometric imply

**Vanguard calculations of Standard & Poor’s five hundred Index returns in election several years, primarily based on facts from Thomson Reuters.

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Earlier functionality is no assurance of foreseeable future returns. The functionality of an index is not an actual representation of any individual investment, as you simply cannot invest straight in an index.