A chief investment strategist explains why making short-term bets ahead of the election is a risky strategy



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  • A Charles Schwab chief investment strategist explained why making short-term bets ahead of the election is a risky strategy.
  • In the span of the last 30 election cycles, there have been a range of significant impacts on market performance that had “little-to-no relationship” with the incumbent party in the White House, the strategist, Liz Ann Sonders, noted.
  • Considering the multitude of market outcomes in every election cycle, she said “the economy impacts elections more than elections impact the economy.”
  • Investors looking for clear connections between the election and market performance cannot expect easy answers, she said.
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Betting on election outcomes is risky as history makes it clear that the relationship between politics and the stock market is varied and absent of consistency, according to a chief investment strategist at Charles Schwab, Liz Ann Sonders.

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Penny stocks are cheap and often see massive gains, but they’re also very risky. Here’s what you should know before investing.



On the plus side, penny stocks offer a cheap chance to buy a winner; on down side, they can be hard to research and trade. Bill Oxford/Getty Images


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On the plus side, penny stocks offer a cheap chance to buy a winner; on down side, they can be hard to research and trade. Bill Oxford/Getty Images

  • Penny stocks are securities that trade at less than $5 per share, often in unsupervised over-the-counter markets.
  • Penny stocks are considered lucrative but high-risk investments: volatile, illiquid, and often subject to scams.
  • Investors interested in penny stocks should deal with those listed on larger exchanges and sold by established brokers.
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Penny stocks have become more popular than ever, tempting investors with a low cost of entry and the prospect of significant financial gains. Stories of shares making gains of over 4,000% in just months add to their appeal, and new trading technology makes it easier than ever to enter the market.

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But while they can be lucrative,

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