In a historic midterm election that saw the highest early voter turnout ever, the Democrats have won enough seats to be the majority party in the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010. This continues a trend we have witnessed many times, where the president’s party loses control of the House in a midterm election.

In the other chamber of Congress, Republicans retained control of the Senate by flipping a few states in their favor and fending off challengers in key states like Texas and Florida. The resulting split Congress, where differences will be exacerbated by today’s increasingly contentious political atmosphere, could lead to greater gridlock in Washington.

Investment ideas for gridlock

To counter the potential for more gridlock, consider positioning portfolios more defensively. Think about:

Defensive equities:

  • Multi-factor blends featuring a lower market beta include: SPDR® MSCI USA StrategicFactorsSM ETF (QUS), SPDR MSCI EAFE StrategicFactorsSM ETF (QEFA) and SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets StrategicFactorsSM ETF (QEMM)
  • Dividend growth stocks: SPDR S&P® Dividend ETF (SDY)

Tail risk mitigation:

  • SPDR Gold MiniSharesSM Trust (GLDM)
  • SPDR Portfolio Long Term Treasury ETF (SPTL)

Rare bipartisan issues, like defense:

In September, Congress approved a defense spending measure to direct more than $670 billion to the Defense Department.1 Defense spending is likely to increase even with a split Congress, but the parties have different priorities:

  • Democrats will likely work to modernize the military with a potential focus on cybersecurity and advanced weaponry: SPDR Kensho Future Security ETF (XKFS)
  • Republicans want to advance President Trump’s plans for a Space Force: SPDR Kensho Final Frontiers ETF (XKFF)

A look ahead

Gridlock from a politically divided Congress will make for sensational headlines and likely constrain market sentiment. However a party split between Congress and the executive branch does not always trouble the market. There have been 11 years, dating back to 1933, with a party divide between the legislative and executive branches—and returns were positive in both political scenarios, according to Strategas Research Partners.

For additional post-election market insight, stay tuned to SPDR blog.


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