In fact, I've found what I do to be a stark relief from the endless round-and-round of posts and tweets, candidates and spin doctors, journalists and pundits, all trying to sell me on a reaction or a policy or a vote. Stock investing is frequently made out to be vulnerable to political outcomes, but it isn't really. Not usually.
I may be in the minority on this. There seem to be gobs of articles on how one industry or another will suffer if Clinton is elected, or what horrors will befall the broader markets if Trump gets the job. Most of it is hogwash. Truth be told, during each of the most recent four big-growth periods for the US stock market, the political affiliation of the American president has shown no favoritism: Eisenhower (R) in the 1950s, Reagan (R) in the 1980s, Bill Clinton (D) in the 1990s, and Obama (D) in the 2010s. Despite popular arguments, economic expansion or contraction during any given administration actually has more to do with the previous presidential administration's impact than with that of the current one.
When investing in a business for years to come, it is essential to focus on the business. Don't try to time purchases to when "things calm down" or "the election is behind us" or "prices cool." That's an impossible task to carry out correctly, and amounts largely to guesswork. Who's to say that the election won't give stocks a huge push, increasing prices? Or that some international event doesn't keep things stirred up?
These businesses are not particularly concerned with who currently runs the government, as they are looking further out than four or six years. They shift the dynamic, and change the conversation. Do you not 'Google' the answer to every imaginable question? Shop first for a tricky item at Amazon? Drink Starbucks lattes, depend on an Apple or Samsung smartphone, communicate with friends via Facebook, put most every purchase on a Visa card? These companies change consumer buying patterns, reshape industries, sometimes even alter our very lives. They measure success in millions— or billions— of customers over decades.
Even a frustrating and consuming election season is nothing but a blip. Don't let it impact your investment plan.
Drifting to Fifty | Random unrelated nugget
An asset is something which puts more money into your pocket every year, and a liability is something which takes more money out of your pocket every year. Which one is your house?