A Simple Portfolio Strategy for the Trump Presidency

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Over the last few weeks, and seemingly every time I look at the news, I see articles that are trying to forecast whether President Trump will be good or bad for the stock market. Here are a few examples:

  • “The Trump Factor: Should Investors be Bullish or Bearish?” (Marketwatch)
  • “With Donald Trump as President, Here’s What Will Happen to the U.S. Economy” (The Street)
  • “How Donald Trump’s Presidency Will Affect the Stock Market” (Forbes)
  • And, my personal favorite, the potential development of “Trump ETFs” being discussed at this week’s Inside ETF conference.

If I’m being completely honest, here’s how I feel: I can’t take this nonsense anymore! And that’s putting it lightly. Nobody can be certain what is going to happen to the stock market, and this early on, these types of forecasts are a waste of time. Their purpose is to generate clicks, not to spread information.

That said, let me offer some very simple advice for anyone. The key to investing in the Trump presidency is the same key as it was in the Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan, Carter (you get the idea) presidencies.

To explain this advice, I’ll give the floor to Howard Marks, one of my favorite investors: It shouldn’t take you too long to figure out that success in investing is not a function of what you buy, it’s a function of what you pay…

This is what all boils down to: “The price you pay.” Simple, huh? The problem is, for most people it’s not that simple. If it were, more people would do it! It requires patience, discipline, and an understanding of the value of the businesses you would like to buy.

At Iron Gate Global Advisors, the price you pay is something we take very seriously. Hundreds of hours go into the investments we make.

To be even more specific on our process, we answer these four main questions before buying any business (stock):

  1. Is this in an industry that we understand?
  2. Do we believe in the management of this company?
  3. Can we buy the company at a good price, below its intrinsic value? (This is the price you pay!)
  4. Is this business going to continue to grow at an acceptable rate?

Through this process, we’ve achieved returns through several administrations, and can confidently invest (yes, even in the days of a Trump presidency). So, the key to not only surviving, but thriving, in a Trump Presidency—or any other Presidency—is to ensure that you buy great businesses at great prices.

Here’s to wise investing,

Brett Pattison

Private Market Investments Webcast Reminder

One portfolio opportunity that follows the same four criteria mentioned above are our Private Markets investments. We’ve talked about these types of investments in past blogposts.

If you haven’t read the articles, you can find them below:

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