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Mark Mobius Warns of a Crash if Trump Loses in 2020


Aug. 1 2019, Published 11:28 a.m. ET

  • Speaking with CNBC, Mark Mobius warned of a market crash if Trump loses the 2020 presidential election.
  • Trump previously said that markets would crash if he wasn’t reelected.
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Mark Mobius warns of a crash

Mark Mobius has warned of a market crash if President Donald Trump isn’t reelected in 2020. Speaking with CNBC, Mobius said, “I think the markets then will go haywire because they’ve been depending on Trump policies to keep on pushing the market up and also higher growth rate in the U.S.” While Mobius doesn’t think Trump will lose the election, he said that media is “overwhelmingly” against Trump.

Trump and the media

Trump hasn’t had the best of relations with mainstream or social media. He’s complained several times that the media is biased toward conservatives. His relationship with big tech companies, such as Amazon (AMZN), Twitter, Facebook, and Alphabet, has also been far from smooth. Last month, Apple (AAPL), Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet testified before US lawmakers about antitrust concerns. Trump also called for a revisit of the JEDI contract. He said that companies such as IBM (IBM), Microsoft (MSFT), and Oracle (ORCL) had complained about the contract’s process. Initially, these three companies were contenders for the contract along with Amazon. Now, only Amazon and Microsoft are in the fray. Amazon is seen as the frontrunner to win the project.

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Trump warned of a market crash

President Trump has attributed the strong economy and market gains to his administration’s policies on multiple occasions. He’s also warned of a market crash in the event that he’s impeached or not reelected in 2020. Last year, Trump told Fox News, “If I ever got impeached, I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor.” Earlier this year, Trump tweeted, “If anyone but me takes over in 2020 (I know the competition very well), there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before!”

US economy and markets

The US economy has shown resilience even as global growth has sagged. The IMF lowered its global growth forecast last month. This was its fourth cut to the forecast since October. While the IMF lowered the global growth forecast, it increased the US growth forecast. Incidentally, while the US Federal Reserve lowered rates by 25 basis points yesterday, it pointed to the US economy’s resilience. Fed chair Jerome Powell attributed the rate cut to “weakening global growth,” “trade policy developments,” and “inflation running below target.” The S&P 500 (SPY) fell 1.1% yesterday.

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Trump targeted Powell

Before the Federal Reserve meeting, Trump called upon the Fed for a big rate cut. Trump again lashed out at the Fed yesterday. While Powell lowered rates by 25 basis points, his comments on future rate cuts were seen as hawkish. US markets sold off yesterday after the announcement. US-China trade talks also concluded yesterday. Interestingly, no statements were released after the talks, which might mean they’re not running smoothly just yet.

Trade uncertainty could lead to a crash

Mobius sees the markets going “haywire” if Trump isn’t reelected. However, the US-China trade war could be another driver of a market crash. US markets sold off sharply in May amid escalation in the US-China trade war. However, the markets bounced back in June to record their best first half in two decades.


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