What History Tells Us about the Market and Control of US Congress

Published October 24, 2022 – Nearly a century of US stock market returns suggests that making investment decisions based on control of the chambers of Congress is unlikely to lead to better investment outcomes.

HYPOTHETICAL GROWTH OF $1 INVESTED
IN S&P 500 INDEX

January 1, 1926–June 30, 2022

growth chart Hypothetical Growth of one dollar Invested in S&P 500 Index during Democratic and Republican led congress Dopkins blog

  • From 1926 to 2022, stocks trended higher regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans controlled the House and the Senate, or whether control was mixed.
  • Actions by Congress and the other branches of the federal government may impact returns, but other factors like geopolitical events, interest rate changes, and technological advances do too. Decades of research suggest that current market prices incorporate all of this information.
  • Shareholders invest in companies, not a political party, and companies focus on serving their customers and growing their businesses, regardless of what happens in Washington.

>>Stocks tend to reward disciplined investors no matter the control of the House and Senate—a useful lesson on the benefits of a long-term investment plan.<<

For more information, contact Ryan Smith at rsmith@dopkins.com.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Indices are not available for direct investment. Their performance does not reflect the expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio. In US dollars. Growth of wealth shows the growth of a hypothetical investment of $1 in the securities in the S&P 500 Index. S&P data © 2022 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved. Data presented in the growth of wealth chart is hypothetical and assumes reinvestment of income and no transaction costs or taxes. The chart is for illustrative purposes only and is not indicative of any investment. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP is an investment advisor registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investment products: • Not FDIC Insured • Not Bank Guaranteed • May Lose Value

 

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