It has barely been a month since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed. Despite a volley of criticism over the bill, Mr. Market has voted with his feet. The U.S. equity rally since then has been substantial -- so much so that many market observers seem fixated on negative issues such as valuation, the speed of the run-up, and why a bad ending is inevitable.
This smells to me like one of the most expensive errors investors can make: allowing partisan political views to creep into investment decisions. Experience teaches us that emotions -- and these play a large role in shaping our political views -- are not your friends when it comes to putting money to work in capital markets.
Market historians can point to multiple examples of this during the past few decades. Some of the most egregious investing errors began with a partisan (and therefore emotional) underpinning. Consider these four historical scenarios, and how they affected some investors at the time:
- A president is impeached for having an affair with a White House intern.
- A substantial tax cut would “blow out the deficit, won’t create jobs, was a wealth transfer from the poor to the rich, would be the first time taxes were cut during a war.”
- A newly elected president who was a “Muslim/Kenyan/socialist; was going to kill the Dow.”
- Another newly elected president who wasn’t expected to win was seen as possibly fatal for the bull market.
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