It’s very easy to emotionally get sucked into the floating dumpster fire that is the 2020 presidential election, for we are all human beings and thus have our own respective political leanings and opinions. That said I’ve always made a point about ignoring politics as they detract from the core mission of this blog. I’m also a firm believer in that we are all responsible for our own success or failure in life. But no matter who will arise as the winner in the end, there are a few immutable realities that we will be facing in 2021 and beyond:
The big day of political reckoning has come and gone but as I suspected we are no closer to a final resolution than we were ahead of the election. Even worse, given what I am currently seeing across social and the mainstream media our nation may face many more days if not weeks of uncertainty.
For all intents and purposes 2020 has already been the most contentious and violent U.S. election season in living memory. With a nation in a state of a cold civil war one would assume that the financial markets would take note. And under the hood they did indeed respond by keeping implied volatility elevated throughout the year. However, with the exception of a much overdue correction earlier this month we currently seem to be in a pre-election holding pattern. What should we make of that and where are we heading next?
Rumor has it U.S. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin wants a stable Dollar and that protecting its status as a reserve currency allegedly is the goal of the Trump administration. Unfortunately it appears that Mr. Mnuchin’s definition of ‘stable’ differs significantly from mine as the DXY has effectively entered a state of freefall over the past week.