How to handle post-election volatility – thoughtfully

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by Brian Kazanchy, CFP, Managing Partner and Investment Committee Chair, RegentAtlantic

I want to share this morning our Investment Committee’s thoughts on the anticipated market volatility following yesterday’s US Presidential elections. The result was surprising based on the polls. President-elect Donald Trump was the unconventional candidate and it will take time to gain clarity over the policies he may implement in coordination with the rest of the government when they assume office next year. Several policies Trump has suggested, including infrastructure spending and tax cuts, may be viewed favorably by investors. Other proposals may cause investor anxiety – primarily those issues around the flow of trade. It will take time for any policy to be negotiated and made effective, as our founding fathers built a system of checks and balances that ensures that no one branch of government is autonomous.

Fear of the unknown and change are causing markets to open lower this morning. We spoke about the potential for a “surprise outcome”, defined as a Trump win or a clean sweep of all three branches by the Democrats, on last quarter’s investment webinar and the subsequent potential for short-term market volatility.

What do we do now as thoughtful investors?

• Remain calm. We are long-term investors and we need to keep that perspective. We will wait for volatility to subside and continue to evaluate which investments offer the most suitable risk/return tradeoffs for the future.

• Carefully evaluate potential opportunities. Market volatility may create buying opportunities over the next few weeks.

• Analyze and respond to any potential long-term changes in the global financial markets. The response by world leaders and central banks will be one key to understanding how this vote will impact the global economy.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions about your portfolio or financial plan. We will be holding a Post-Election Webinar on Monday evening, November 14.

Brian Kazanchy is a certified financial planner and Managing Partner and Investment Committee Chair with RegentAtlantic in Morristown. He may be reached at moc.c1603137033itnal1603137033tatne1603137033ger@y1603137033hcnaz1603137033akb1603137033 or (973) 425-8420 x235.

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