This infographic shows how financial markets have performed under Democratic and Republican presidents, and during election years in general. The market’s performance has been roughly the same under Democratic and Republican presidents. Over the 95 years they held office between 1860 and 2019, the annualized compound growth rate under Republicans was 8.3%. For the 65 years Democrats held the White House, it averaged out to 8.4%. Experts believe this statistically insignificant difference offers little to no value when it comes to your investing strategy. Month-to-month market performance during election years hasn’t followed any distinctive patterns—the numbers are very close to random. Stock volatility tends to be lower in the months before and after a presidential election. From 1860 through 2019, the average S&P 500 Index volatility 100 days before and 100 days after elections was 13.8%, compared with 15.7% overall. Markets are complex, and their performance isn’t tied to any one variable alone. Politics are just one piece of a much bigger picture. Above all, stay focused on your own goals and long-term investing strategies. That’s what matters most.