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New Poll Suggests Investors Wary Over Possible Contested U.S. Election

“A contested outcome of the U.S. presidential election will almost inevitably send the stock markets into a temporary tailspin – and this is weighing on investors’ minds.”

A new poll carried out by deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organizations, asked more than 700 clients ‘What is your biggest investment worry for the rest of 2020?’

A contested U.S. election was the number one (72%); the impact of a Covid-19 second wave (18%) and U.S.-China trade war (5%). The remaining 5% was made up of other geopolitical issues, including Brexit.  735 people resident in the UK, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Australasia took part in the poll.

deVere Group CEO and founder, Nigel Green  commented that: “Investors around the world are beginning to freak about the U.S. presidential election. But not about whether Trump or Biden wins, rather over the looming possibility of a disputed outcome. President Trump is already questioning the legitimacy of the election, heightening the chances of a contested result and an ensuing constitutional crisis in the world’s largest economy.”

Mr. Green also indicated that “it’s getting ugly and investors are, rightly, concerned that this will generate massive waves of volatility in the markets, not only in the U.S., but around the world. It is likely that any election-triggered volatility will be highly impactful for may be only two or three weeks.”

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