Trump Has A Huge Impact On The Price Of Gold And Trading Volume?

Trump Has A Huge Impact On The Price Of Gold And Trading Volume?

The US Presidential Elections have a huge impact on the world both economically and politically. The markets no doubt become disrupted, but how exactly? Does a Democrat win differ in results from a Republican? Do any have an impact on things like the price of gold or stock markets?

ETX Capital have conducted research into the volume of trading during election months compared to the rest of the year, and whether there is a spike or a drop in activity.

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It’s been found that during the month of Donald Trump’s 2016 election, trading volume went up by over 10%, a figure only topped by Obama’s first election nearly 12 years ago which saw a 15% spike in trading.

Will the 2020 election cause a similar disruption in trading activity? Are the already volatile movements in oil an indication of the year to come?

How Trump Has A Huge Impact On The World

  • Trumps’ previous election and mid-term causes a spike in trading activity by over 10% 
  • 2016 saw a 60% lift in trading volume than Obama 2012 as well as a 13% rise in the Dow Jones 
  • Study also looks at how the price of gold reacts in the wake of major political and economic events 

The Trump administration has signalled massive changes across America and the rest of the world, but how has this translated to the stock market? Online trading platform, ETX Capital, has traced figures from elections and mid-terms since 2008 to see what the true effects were.

The study has found that the volume of trading in Trump’s first election, and first mid-term were not only higher than previous elections, but than the year in which they occurred.

  • Trump - In 2016, election month saw an increase of over 10% in trading volume, a rise which was also mirrored in the midterms in 2018.
  • Obama - Obama’s first election occurred during an already-tumultuous period in the financial world, with November having a 15% higher rate of trades than the rest of the year.
  • Obama’s two midterms and 2nd elections saw a decrease in trading volume, an average of -6.5% compared to the rest of the year.

Gold and Global Events

Gold is a great historical indicator of global financial stability in the midst of rare global events. So far the 21st century has seen some remarkable global events, making a huge impact on the world both politically and economically. But how much sway do these events have on the markets?

  • The bubble bursting remains as one of the most dramatic events in modern history, and saw the price of gold drop by over 8%
  • Trump’s 2016 October election saw the value of gold dramatically drop 11.9%
  • In the same year, the UK’s referendum over EU membership saw the price of gold shoot up by almost 8%.

To view the full research as well as infographic, click here.

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Jacob Wolinsky is the founder of, a popular value investing and hedge fund focused investment website. Jacob worked as an equity analyst first at a micro-cap focused private equity firm, followed by a stint at a smid cap focused research shop. Jacob lives with his wife and four kids in Passaic NJ. - Email: jacob(at) - Twitter username: JacobWolinsky - Full Disclosure: I do not purchase any equities anymore to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and because at times I may receive grey areas of insider information. I have a few existing holdings from years ago, but I have sold off most of the equities and now only purchase mutual funds and some ETFs. I also own a few grams of Gold and Silver
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