What a Biden presidency may imply in your portfolio


Good morning, Bull Sheeters! The forty sixth president of the USA will likely be sworn in as we speak, and the temper within the markets is upbeat. Cautiously upbeat.

The supply of investor exuberance is coming extra from Wall Avenue than Washington, it should be stated. A bunch of earnings beats from the likes of Netflix, Goldman Sachs and Bank of America yesterday is fueling the risk-on temper. Extra large names report as we speak.

Are you continue to nervous about how the prospect of one-party rule in Washington will affect your portfolio? I’ve obtained you coated in as we speak’s essay.

However first, let’s see the place buyers are placing their cash.

Markets replace


  • The key Asia indexes are principally greater in afternoon buying and selling with Hong Kong’s Dangle Seng up 1.1%.
  • Jack Ma is again. China’s greatest recognized and most seen tech entrepreneur made his first public appearance in two months. Buyers cheered, sending shares in Alibaba 9.3% greater at one level on Wednesday.
  • Take a bow, Taiex. Taiwan’s inventory change soared 92% over the previous 4 years, earning the crown of the best-performing inventory market of the Trump years.


  • The European bourses had been principally greater in early buying and selling with the Stoxx Europe 600 up 0.2% an hour into the buying and selling session.
  • The chip increase has been excellent news for Dutch tech big ASML, which reported a big earnings beat on Wednesday.
  • The European Union wants the euro to be the emergent forex in international commerce, beginning with inexperienced finance. The euro was up on this morning after the European Fee outlined its plans yesterday to bolster the frequent forex.
  • Italian PM Giuseppe Conte survived a no-confidence vote on Tuesday evening, however the authorities emerges weaker than ever. His nemesis, Matteo Renzi, the previous mayor of Florence, apparently must re-read one other Florentine, Machiavelli. Renzi’s try and topple the federal government was the equal of putting a wad of sticky chewing gum on the instructor’s seat.


  • U.S. futures are up barely this morning. That’s in any case three exchanges closed Tuesday within the inexperienced, helped by decent earnings from the likes of Financial institution of America and Goldman Sachs.
  • Netflix shares are hovering in pre-market buying and selling this morning, up 12.3%. That’s after the streaming service absolutely crushed it last quarter, attracting 8.5 million new subscribers to exhibits like “Bridgerton” and “The Queen’s Gambit.” Who knew there have been so many chess fanatics on the market?
  • On the earnings calendar as we speak we’ve: Morgan Stanley, Procter & Gamble and United Airways, to call a couple of.


  • Gold is up, buying and selling above $1,850/ounce.
  • The greenback is down.
  • Crude is up, with Brent buying and selling above $56/barrel.
  • Bitcoin is down 4.3% up to now 24 hours to $35,700.


Twisted up in blue

It’s Inauguration Day, and so I’m going to dip again into the archive to borrow from an article I wrote in October on the eve of Election Day, for our final Quarterly Investment Guide. (Programming be aware: Fortune will publish the following QIG within the coming days; keep tuned.)

On the time, Donald Trump had simply come down with COVID-19 (sure, that was only a few months in the past), and the markets continued to chug greater as Wall Avenue started to cost within the prospects of a blue sweep.

Ian Lyngen, a BMO Capital Markets bond analyst, wrote in an buyers be aware on the time {that a} Joe Biden victory “may show a decidedly optimistic occasion for home equities.”

Lyngen nailed it. The S&P 500 is up greater than 12% for the reason that begin of This fall.

That efficiency may shock some folks. “Ordinarily,” I wrote again then, “Wall Avenue hates one-party management. And, if something, it often prefers a low-tax, regulation-busting Republican within the Oval Workplace. That anxiousness runs deep, even when the historic knowledge doesn’t fairly again up the paranoia.”

Historical past has proven that, sure, the S&P have carried out higher in years of split-party management. However, because the chart exhibits right here, the U.S. economic system has carried out greatest in years when there’s a Democrat within the White Home and a Democrat managed Congress.

That pattern will nearly definitely proceed this 12 months as economists anticipate the U.S. economic system to rebound strongly in 2021, helped by a gusher of stimulus spending. After the Georgia run-off elections, Goldman Sachs upped the 2021 U.S. progress price to six.4%. By the way, Goldman additionally penciled in a 13% rise within the S&P this 12 months, roughly in keeping with the historic common for a Democrat-controlled Washington (see chart above.)

Now, everyone knows previous efficiency is not any indicator of future returns. And, in fact, a brand new axis of energy in Washington will imply there’s a brand new batch of winners and losers. The greenback is clearly within the latter camp. Small-cap shares are squarely within the former as buyers wager on a comeback of the American economic system.

Positive, a tax hike looms. And America’s funds are a basket case. However the markets aren’t pricing any of that in. Not but, anyhow.

And naturally, we’ll maintain you knowledgeable if any of that’s about to alter.



I’ve heard from loads of Bull Sheet readers up to now 24 hours. I can promise you this: I’ll share with you within the coming days our recipe for the beautiful ribollita, a hardy dish for the lifeless of winter.

Seems we’ve by no means written it down, so I’ll have to make some notes and double-check them with my companion in crime.

Within the meantime, bug your butcher for pig bones. You’ll want them for this recipe.


Have a pleasant day, everybody. I’ll see you right here tomorrow… Till then, there’s extra information beneath.

Bernhard Warner

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