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Would a Trump Impeachment Hurt the Stock Market?



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By Erin Arvedlund, The Philadelphia Inquirer

No matter the decade or market conditions,  don’t hurt share prices over the long term.

Hard to believe, but true.

Two U.S. presidents have been formally  by Congress: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton.

In addition, two other U.S. presidents have faced formal  inquiries: Richard Nixon (who resigned before the House vote) and Donald . So far, no U.S. president has been removed from office through the full  process.

Here’s a brief look at the returns during Nixon’s .

Between the start of the trial and until his resignation, Nixon presided over a 31% drop in the S&P 500 benchmark stock index, partly due to a recession. And in the 12 months following his departure from the White House, the index recovered 5%.

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While it’s hard to stay positive in the short term,  rarely have a lasting impact, according to Dan Roccato, president of Quaker Wealth Management in Moorestown.

 has a long-term impact on politics, but not markets,” he said. “Traders have the attention spans of a gnat, but investors are better served by ignoring short term gyrations” and “should always separate politics from portfolios.”

Under Clinton, the  was volatile, partly due to the Asian financial crisis in 1998 and the failure of hedge fund Long-Term Capital.

But from the start of Congress’ inquiry until , the S&P 500 actually rose 23%, and gained another 19% in the 12 months following his . The U.S. was also experiencing the first boom and an economic expansion.

What about today’s ?

The House of Representatives formally launched an investigation and  inquiry into President  on Sept. 9.

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And during the ongoing  inquiry, the S&P 500 has wobbled, mostly on concerns about the trade war with China and the potential for a recession in 2020. The index itself is up 22% through Dec. 2.

The market continued notching new highs in November as October worries over Brexit, , tariffs and slowing growth receded while the fear of missing out took hold among investors with cash on the sidelines. With a month to go, 2019 is shaping up as one of the best investment years of the decade, as both stocks and bonds have generated positive returns.


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