By creating this nominal GDP forecast, we think that it is possible to create reliable expectations for U.S. economic activity, revenues, and earnings over the long-term. Obviously, short-term events can derail the economy’s near-term potential or accelerate revenue and earnings growth, but we think longer-term economic growth is rooted in these factors. Importantly, these factors suggest a positive environment for slow, but steady growth ahead.

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None of these inputs to economic growth (labor force and productivity growth rates, along with inflation), corporate revenues, and earnings in aggregate are directly and significantly impacted by a presidential administration. Granted, an administration may have significant influence on specific industries through various policy measures (e.g. regulations or subsidies), but, in aggregate, what drives the U.S. economy is the stable growth rate of our labor force and productivity of the private sector. It is these factors that should be the areas of focus for broad equity market investors.

Unlike a centrally planned economy, such as China, these factors are not driven by the president. Through the wisdom of our forefathers, our system of checks and balances prevents any president from wielding too much power. The upward bias to our economy and our markets are a result of our democracy and capitalism. This has held true despite many different administrations, both republican and democratic, with very divergent economic and political policies.

GOING FORWARD

Is it different this time? Yes, the candidates are different. Still, the dominant factors that drive our economy and markets are unchanged regardless of presidential administration. The demographic, productivity, and inflationary trends that drive our economy and financial markets are well entrenched. These trends indicate slow, but steady growth ahead and a positive environment for equity market investors with appropriate time horizons.

Gary Stringer is the CIO, Kim Escue is a Senior Portfolio Manager, and Chad Keller is the COO and CCO at Stringer Asset Management, a participant in the ETF Strategist Channel.

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