The plummeting Dow teaches Trump about the folly of bragging on a stock market rise

“President Trump may have been unaware of this, but there’s a reason that smart presidents steer clear of boasting about stock market returns during their tenures: It’s because the stock market has a way of biting braggarts in their most tender spots.

“For Trump, that spot is his amour-propre. On Wednesday, the stock market took dead aim on that spot and took out a healthy chunk. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 831.83 points, or 3.15%, for its worst day since Feb. 8. The other two major indexes were right down there with it: The S&P 500 index fell 3.29% and the Nasdaq fell 4.08%.

“Normally, few people would attribute this sort of record to the actions of a U.S. President, since the stock market’s ups and down are governed by myriad factors, of which Presidential policy is among the most insignificant.”

“This year, thus far, doesn’t look like it’s going to be a barn-burner. Year-to-date, the dow is up a meager 3.55%, the S&P 500 is up 4.19%, and the Nasdaq up 7.5%. October tends to be the stock market’s cruelest month, so there’s no telling how the market will perform for the rest of the year, or even the rest of the week. It’s every bit as plausible that the market will finish the year up a double-digit percentage as that it will end in the red. As J.P. Morgan was said to have told a passerby importuning him for stock market prognostication, ‘The market is going to fluctuate.’

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

3 thoughts on “The plummeting Dow teaches Trump about the folly of bragging on a stock market rise”

  1. Must have been a rough afternoon for all the fixed-income retirees on Rebane’s blog, watching their IRA’s dump at such advanced ages! LOL. (No word from Don Bessee ;), and Bill Tozer is too stupid to understand economics).

  2. Don Besse is worrying about other people’s finances. Don, looking at today’s dump and your demographics, I’d worry about yours. No worries, though, we’ll save a place for you at Seaman’s Lodge in Pioneer Park. ROFLMAF!

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