By Bryan Rich
November 5, 5:00 pm EST
The elections tomorrow are said to be a referendum on Trump’s Presidency.
And given the sentiment, I think it’s fair to say the surprise scenario for markets would be for Republicans to retain control of Congress. For that to happen, it looks like the Republicans would need to win 61% of the “toss up” races in the house. Of those, 84% are currently Republican held.
That scenario would be a vote of confidence for the Trump economic agenda. And for markets, it would be “risk on,” which would likely draw more attention to the inflation outlook, and the speed at which market interest rates will move. Trump would retain his leverage over China on trade concessions.
Scenario two, would be a split Congress. If we get a split Congress, the Trump economic plan would likely turn to infrastructure. The belief is that a Democrat led house would likely be a partner to Trump on a big infrastructure spend.
Though I suspect, given the political atmosphere, they may work to block any further progress on the economic stimulus front, in effort to position themselves for the 2020 Presidential election. On China trade negotiations, I suspect a split Congress would begin to fight against Trump’s executive order-driven trade wars. This scenario would mean, gridlock in Washington.
However, after the cloud of election uncertain lifts, both scenarios should be a greenlight for stocks.
Remember, we already have an economy running north of 3%, with record low unemployment, and consumers are sitting on record high household net worth and record low debt service ratios. Companies are growing earnings at over 20% (yoy), and growing revenues at over 8% (yoy). And corporate credit market debt is near the lowest levels (relative to market value of corporate equities) of the past 70 years.
So there is plenty of fuel in the economy to continue the trajectory of economic boom. Maybe most importantly, following the October correction, the tech giants have been pricing out the “monopoly scenario” which paves the way for a broader-based bull market for stocks.