Since Donald Trump took office in January 2017, Democrats, the media and some Republicans, have called for his removal under articles of impeachment.

Impeachment and Your Investments

from The Wall Street Journal,

How will the markets react as Democrats push to remove President Trump?

“It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice,” House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC’s “This Week” last week. On the same show, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said Mr. Nadler “decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election.” You don’t get better foreshadowing than that! The $64 trillion question is what happens to the stock market if President Trump is impeached. I’ve long contended that only fools predict stock markets, so here I go. Fortunately, there are plenty of clues. A week before Election Day 2016, analysts at Barclays forecast the market would drop by 11% to 13% if Mr. Trump was elected. When it became clear he had won, CNN anchors noted—almost with glee—that Dow 30 futures were down more than 900 points. They dropped 5% overnight, the maximum selloff allowed on the exchange. But I hope you didn’t sell: The Dow Jones Industrial Average regained 3% the next day and has risen almost 40% since. Shocked investors had traded on their emotions the night of the election, but others undid the damage when they woke up thinking about policy. A similar mix of shock and shrewd analysis is apparent in market reactions to each of the three impeachment episodes in U.S. history.

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