2016 Investment Market Forecast – Do Politics Play? 2/16/2016

Meeting Notes

Matthew C. Rast and Britton Smith – Guest Speakers

US Bank Charitable Services Portfolio Managers

The financial markets of 2016 have started off with a certain level of volatility influenced by global macro events such as the slowdown in the Chinese economy and the continued fall in commodity prices. Potentially complicating market performance are the prevalent theories in election years.   The State of Iowa helped set the pace for presidential front runners.  Does the market favor one political party over the other?   Are there potential policy implications to election outcomes?