Doc's note: Last week was rough for stocks... In just a few days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly 1,500 points.
But, according to my good friend and colleague Steve Sjuggerud, the best 12 months in stocks are ahead of us. As Steve explains in today's essay, we're in for a boom – thanks to something called the "presidential election cycle."
And it could mean huge gains as the "Melt Up" unfolds.
If you want to hear more about the incredible opportunities during the Melt Up, make sure you watch our live event on October 24... Steve will detail a secret to potentially make several years' worth of profits with just a single investment.
Politics and investing don't mix...
It's often tough to separate the two, though. Most folks have strong political opinions. And it's easy to drag those into your investments.
Imagine you're a green-energy activist. You might love the idea of solar energy, so you put your money to work in First Solar (FSLR) – a leader in the industry.
But if you'd bought it at the stock market bottom in 2009, you wouldn't be sitting on massive profits today. Instead, you'd have lost more than half of your initial investment.
Similarly, if your political interests aligned with fossil fuels, you might have invested in the coal industry. That again would have been a bad investment decision based on politics... especially if you invested anytime in the last seven years. The entire coal sector is down around 70% from the latest peak in 2011.
The simple fact is that you don't want to make individual investment decisions based on your political beliefs. It clouds your judgment and makes it hard to see mistakes.
Still, that doesn't mean we can't learn anything about the markets from politics. In fact, it gives us one of the most impressive market indicators out there.
Importantly, it says we've just entered the best couple of years for stocks. The biggest profits are likely to come over the next 12 months... And it could mean huge gains as the Melt Up unfolds.
Let me explain...
Stocks are about to boom – potentially for as long as two years – thanks to our current spot in something called the "presidential election cycle."
It has nothing to do with President Trump's next tweet or a piece of legislation. Instead, it all comes down to the lessons of history we've learned from elections.
You see, on a broad level, politics does have a surprisingly large effect on financial markets...
It's a bit hard to believe until you actually see the numbers. But once you do, it's hard NOT to give this wild idea some credit.
Again, I'm talking about the presidential election cycle. This doesn't have anything to do with who's in office, but when they're in office.
This indicator tells us that certain years of a president's term tend to be dramatically better than others for the stock market. You can see the full details in the table below...
As you can see, there's a BIG spread between yearly gains in the presidential election cycle. And the third and fourth years are the best, by far.
We've typically seen gains of 21.6% during the third year. Year four is the second-best performer, leading to 7.7% gains, on average.
(We use quarterly data in this analysis, which uses September 30 as "year end." Based on that, we've begun the third year of President Trump's first term.)
Again, it doesn't matter who's in power – Republican or Democrat. The year of their term has the greatest impact on stock market returns.
This is great news today. That's because year three has just begun. It officially started at the beginning of the month. And that means we could be in for two more years of fantastic gains.
Of course, this isn't foolproof. Bad third years have happened too, and you get plenty of variability in the results. Stocks have soared as much as 39% during year three... But they've also fallen as much as 48%.
Still, the message from this indicator is powerful:
We've just entered what is typically the absolute best 12-month period to own stocks. And we could see up to two years of fantastic profits, thanks to this election-cycle indicator.
With the Melt Up in place, this is one more reason to be excited about the opportunity to own stocks now. We've just entered the market's best 12-month period for profits.
And make sure you're watching on October 24. More lives could be radically transformed for the better than during any other financial event in history...
Don't miss it.