Investors should ride the “Biden bounce” in the markets this week – but judiciously, warns the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.
The warning from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere Group, comes as Joe Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States this week with the best stock market performance between the election and the inauguration for any president going back at least five decades.
Mr Green says: “History teaches us that we can expect the markets to react favourably to the inauguration of a new U.S. president – and this time around it is likely to be no different.
“Indeed, Biden moving into the White House could drive markets into a bull run more sharply than previous inaugurations because it is hoped the incoming administration will bring stability and possibly a halt to a period of uncertainty following the fiercely contested election.
“Investors will also be buoyed by the $1.9 trillion fiscal stimulus announced by Biden, the Federal Reserve’s willingness to support markets, the new president’s multilateral trade agenda and his plans for stepping up the vaccine rollout. All of this will encourage confidence and optimism.”
He continues: “Investors should ride the Biden bounce in the markets this week – but do so judiciously for three key reasons.
“First, a market rally is going to be difficult to sustain indefinitely due to the enormous economic scarring caused by the pandemic.
“The major long-term headwind is mass unemployment, which is hitting demand, growth and investment on Main Street and which, ultimately, will have to impact Wall Street.