How much does your financial future depend on a 140-character Trump tweet, stroke of a pen on an Executive Order, or an off-hand comment to a reporter?
A lot, as these recent news headlines reveal:
- “Trump Sinks Pharma Stocks on Medicare Price Negotiation”
- “Dollar Dumps Most in 30 Years as Trump Raises Doubt Over Strong Dollar”
- “When Trump Tweets, Wall Street Trades – Instantly”
- “Trump, Not the Fed, Is What Moves Markets Now”
- “Toyota Stock Drops Immediately After Trump Tweet”
- “Trump’s Executive Orders Send S&P 500 to an All-Time High”
- “Dow Jones Industrial Average Sells Off After Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration”
As you can see, when President Trump tweets or speaks, the markets react – in some cases violently.
Whatever your opinion of Trump is, there is one thing we can all agree on:
We are in uncharted waters. We have never had a president like Trump. We’ve never had an administration like Trump’s. There is no historical precedent for this.
What none of us knows is what to expect in terms of unintended consequences. What will be the potential impact on bond markets and interest rates? What is the risk of trade wars, currency wars, and U.S. relations with Russia, China, the Middle East, or North Korea?
Was Trump’s Election a “Black Swan Event”?
A “black swan event” is an event in human history that was unprecedented and unexpected when it occurred. By that definition, Trump’s election was a black swan event.
The idea of a black swan event was introduced by former Wall Street trader, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, as the 2008 financial crisis unfolded. The dot-com bubble of 2000 is another black swan event with similarities to the 2008 financial crisis.
So here’s a quick quiz for you: How much did the markets lose in the aftermath of those two crashes?
If you don’t remember, you’re not alone. As the behavioral finance experts have observed, we human investors typically forget about our losses and mentally exaggerate our successes.
Going back just 17 years, many people saw their investment accounts plunge by 50% or more when the dot-com bubble burst. And many investors had moved their money into NASDAQ technology stocks, which plunged 78% over 19 months.
In the most recent market crash, the S&P 500 lost 57% over an 18-month period.
There are many who would argue that the current bull market has outpaced the economic fundamentals. Today, stock market valuations are approaching levels last seen just before the last two market crashes. (They are now over 29 times the S&P 500, compared with an historical mean of 16.7 times, according to the Shiller cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio.)
To add to the concern, in the last 100 years, there has never been a two-term presidency end that wasn’t followed by a recession within 12 months.
It pains me when I hear people say, “Oh, but my investments are up a lot since the last crash, and they’ve gone up even more in the last year.”
Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it.
Didn’t we all feel like we were sitting real pretty right before the crash of 2008 (and the crash of 2000)? Then we discovered – yet again – that what goes up fast usually comes down fast, too.
The stock and real estate markets did just that – with a resounding thud, and took the retirement security of millions of Americans with them.
The Critical Difference Between “Paper” Wealth and Real Wealth
If you think you can relax and coast until retirement because of the sky-high numbers on your retirement account statements, then you have forgotten the lessons of the last two crashes (and the crashes that came before them).
Your investment account statements, 401(k) and IRA statements, real estate appraisals and business valuations are nothing more than pretty numbers on paper. And those numbers repeatedly sucker many of us into believing we have real wealth and financial security when we do not.
Key Point: You don’t actually lock in any profit until you sell an investment and lock in (hopefully) any gains. Until then, you have only a paper profit, which can vanish in the next market crash.
Real wealth, on the other hand, doesn’t disappear when the markets crash. And, as we just discussed, your investment accounts, retirement plan balances, real estate appraisals and business valuations all represent paper wealth.
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