What the Mid-Terms Might Do to the Stock Market

9/20/2022 Marine Bank


The 2022 Midterm Elections will feature hundreds of hotly contested races at the state and local level and will decide whether the Democrats maintain – or the Republicans gain – control of Congress.

Irrespective of what the polls suggest will happen – and without getting into any political discussions – let’s explore what impacts the 2022 Midterm Elections might have on U.S stock markets.

Mark November 8th on Your Calendar

The 2022 Midterm elections will on Tuesday, November 8th and history suggests that the period after the mid-terms is more positive for markets – irrespective of which party wins (of course past performance is no guarantee of future results – ever).

As the chart shows, in the twelve months prior to mid-term election day, market performance is volatile, sideways and often down – somewhat similar to what we’ve seen so far this year.

However, in the year after midterms, market returns are positive, on average by about 15% – and it doesn’t matter which party is in control.

Historical Performance

First off, investors need to remember this: Past Performance is No Guarantee of Future Results. Ever.
But, consider this from Standard & Poor’s:

  • Since 1900, the S&P 500 Index has risen by an annualized 7.5% when one party held the White House and both houses of Congress
  • The S&P 500 Index has gained an annualized 6.7% when Congress was unified, but the president was from the other party
  • The S&P 500 has risen an annualized 6.2% when Congress was divided

But Standard & Poor’s also suggests that the gap has increased recently and reports the following:

  • Since 1945, the S&P 500 has returned an annualized 11.0% when the same party controlled the White House and both houses of Congress
  • The S&P 500 Index has gained an annualized 7.4% when one party held Congress and the other party held the White House
  • The S&P 500 Index has risen 6.9% annualized when Congress was divided

But here is what might have stock market followers worried: the worst stock market returns have come when the president is a Republican and Congress is divided. Since 1900, the S&P has gained a meager annualized 3.2% during those time periods.

But again, Past Performance is No Guarantee of Future Results.


And one more thing...

Of all the data and statistics about the economy and markets, this is one of the more startling:

  • Approximately 60% of the voting-eligible population votes during presidential election years and
  • Only 40% vote during midterm elections.

Irrespective of one’s political views, the fact remains that robust voter turnout is one of the most fundamental cornerstones of a healthy democracy..

Please vote.

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Dallas has over 20 years of experience in all areas of wealth management and financial services. He is passionate about adding value to the lives of his clients through education and addressing their financial goals in a collaborative manner. With a deep knowledge of insurance which is an added benefit when doing financial planning, Dallas is an asset to our clients and the Marine Bank Wealth Management team.

Dallas is a Certified Financial Planner™ and currently holds a Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC) designation awarded through the College for Financial Planning and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation through the American College. As Senior Vice President of the Marine Bank Wealth Management Department, Dallas focuses on comprehensive financial planning to help individuals and businesses achieve peace of mind in their financial lives with an emphasis on retirement strategies, legacy planning, and generational wealth management.

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