Who Was The Best President According to the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

After hearing one too many comments from rational economists talking heads about how Hillary Clinton will “destroy small business” (and the stock market) or Donald Trump would “destroy America” (and the stock market) I thought it would be interesting to see how the stock market performed under various presidents in history. Before looking below, lets do a quick test. Who would you consider to be among the top few Presidents since 1897 (when this info-graphic starts)? How about the bottom few?

As the election wears on and rhetoric heats up, I see more and more political bias affecting investor behavior. So before you sell all your stocks once you see Hillary or Trump get elected, look below:

 

How did your picks actually perform?

 

 

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The Return of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for Each Presidential Term

The Return of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for Each Presidential Term

 

This post was partially inspired by this article in this past weekend’s Wall Street Journal:

“Donald Trump Isn’t The First President to Spur Predictions of Doom”

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