Pro Perspectives 11/8/23





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November 08, 2023

The midterm elections were a year ago to the day.
And going in, we talked about the midterm election analogue.
Remember, going back to 1962, there has never been a 12-month period, following a midterm election, in which stocks were down.
And the average one-year return, following the fifteen midterm-elections of the past sixty years, was +16% (about double the long-term average return of the S&P 500).
That record still stands.  As of today's close, stocks delivered a 16% total return over the past twelve months.
Now, the expected outcome going into last year's midterm election was, at the very least, a divided Congress.  And after the fiscal insanity of the previous two years, gridlock on Capitol Hill would be welcomed.
We did indeed get a divided Congress.  But instead of fiscal restraint, we've had more fiscal insanity.  This past summer, the Republican-led House agreed to suspend the debt ceiling through 2025, giving the Treasury license to issue unlimited debt for the next two years (through the end of the Biden first time).
The interest rate market did this …  
But now we have change — a new Republican Speaker of the House.
And the early indications suggest that this leadership will bring action against the excesses of the past two years, which came from the aligned government. 
The recent slide in rates is probably no coincidence.
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