The Day Ahead: The Aftermath

The sights and sounds of an Election Day are like no other. There is the trademarked sound effect before a winner is announced on CNN, designed to build the intrigue. Supporters of the respective candidates emerge in various outlets to keep the faith, only to lose credibility and stamina as the winners are separated from the losers. Then there's that fresh face to the scene, Twitter, which people utilized as a sentiment gauge this time around.

In the end, I am left reflecting deeply on an interesting night. I have learned about human emotions and how people view the political process -- and, sadly, I've witnessed an inability to draw actionable investing conclusions from an event that has been well-documented since the year began. Where was the preparation? In fact, I am flat-out wondering if the would-be average investor is left permanently wearing concrete shoes on the sidelines after years of being burned -- and whether people chilling with their 401ks have any desire to directly enter the stock market. What I'm feeling right now, the day after, is strange: It pertains to the investing process overall, and that indeed extends to my early-inning views regarding the election's outcome....690 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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