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Investing Through the Election: How to Advise Clients During Political Uncertainty

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Investing Through the Election: How to Advise Clients During Political Uncertainty

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About the Episode:

During an election season, clients may be tempted to make investment decisions based on politics instead of facts. This data-driven discussion will teach you how to protect your clients’ investments and keep them focused on their goals during times of political uncertainty.

Join host, Dave Alison, CFP®, EA, BPC, President and Founding Partner of C2P and founder, CEO, and lead advisor of Alison Wealth Management, and special guest, Dr. Apollo Lupescu, Vice President at Dimensional Fund Advisors. Drawing upon extensive data analysis, Lupescu provides a framework to help you have informed, non-partisan conversations with your clients about making informed investing decisions during election cycles.

Key topics covered include:

  • Historical market performance: Hard data on market performance during prior election years, dispelling the notion that uncertainty around elections is inherently bad for markets.
  • Presidential impact analysis: An objective look at how markets have fared under different presidents and political parties, revealing no clear patterns favoring one side.
  • Unified government analysis: A powerful natural experiment analyzing unified government control, where data shows essentially identical average market returns under Democratic and Republican leadership.
  • Client conversation strategies: Strategies for initiating productive client dialogues, acknowledging emotions while focusing discussions on evidence rather than partisan politics.
  • Visual resources for advisors: Visual exhibits and talking points advisors can utilize to provide clients reassuring facts and perspective ahead of election volatility.

With Lupescu’s guidance, you’ll learn how to proactively ease your clients’ minds, reinforce the importance of long-term investing principles, and discourage politically-motivated trading that could derail their financial plans.

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Investing Through the Election: How to Advise Clients During Political Uncertainty

About the Host:

Dave Alison, CFP®, EA, BPC, is an accomplished financial planner and business leader committed to helping advisors expand their reach and improve the quality of their service to clients. In addition to being the President and a Founding Partner of C2P and the Founder and CEO of Alison Wealth Management — his own financial services firm — he is also the President and Founding Partner of Prosperity Capital Advisors, an acclaimed planning-first RIA. Dave leverages his expertise in all things financial planning, particularly taxes and solutions for high-net-worth clients, to educate financial professionals on best practices and ways to raise the bar in their own practices.

About the Guest

Dr. Apollo Lupescu is a Vice President at Dimensional Fund Advisors, a leading global investment firm. He joined Dimensional in 2004 after completing his PhD in Economics and Finance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Over his tenure, Lupescu has held various leadership roles across the firm’s research, advisor relations, client services, and retirement business teams. Currently, he serves as Dimensional’s “secretary of explaining stuff,” frequently presenting at financial advisor conferences and investor events worldwide.

Prior to Dimensional, Lupescu owned and operated Apollo Consulting Group, providing consulting services to the U.S. Department of State and the White House. His passion for finance and investing also led him to teaching engagements at UC Santa Barbara. His academic achievements, combined with experiences across government, consulting, and investment management, make him a respected voice in communicating complex financial concepts.