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Five Myths About the Election and the Stock Market

BusinessWeek – For the first time in 76 years, a financial crisis is occurring at the same time as a Presidential election. Based on recent polls, the coincidence seems to have boosted the chances that Illinois Senator Byearack Obama, the Democratic nominee, will defeat Republican Arizona Senator John McCain on Nov. 4.

The financial crisis has affected the Presidential race, but how is the election affecting the financial markets? Pundits offer endless theories on that question, and their answers are often suspiciously similar to their political views.

Thus, right-leaning market experts insist Obama’s tax proposals would be disastrous for investors. More liberal Obama supporters insist the market will celebrate if he is given the job of leading the world out of the financial crisis.

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