This homecoming panel is part of the college's Sondermann Series: Elections 2008. Panelists include Chuck Buxton '68, senior editor at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat; Eric Sondermann '76, president of SE2 Associates in Denver; and CC political science professors Timothy Fuller and Bob Loevy. Recorded October 10, 2008.
Investors are constantly trying to find edge that will make them more successful than their peers. It is for this reason that analysts aim to correlate all aspects of the financial world to produce this edge. For years, scholars and analysts have struggled to find how if at all, politics affect stock market valuations. If they are able to find statistically significant evidence the market reacts differently to political events such as the incumbent president’s policy bias or congressional majority changes, they can invest accordingly. Common theories point out that Republicans are generally superior to Democrats in regards to the performance of the stock market during their respective terms. Theory also suggests presidents are more likely to perform better in the first and last years of their term. Therefore election timing must be reviewed to realize its implications for an above or below average stock index performance. It is the goal of this paper to test these theories so any hypothesis about partisan politics or election timing can be proven genuine or laid to rest.
An analysis of the 2008 race to the White House by three of CC's political luminaries: President Richard F. Celeste and Political Science Professors Tom Cronin and Bob Loevy as they offer insights and comments on the 2008 presidential election. Sponsored by the 1874 Society. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded April 16, 2008.
Donna Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile and Associates, LLC, chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute (VRI) and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She is a senior political strategist and former campaign manager for Gore-Lieberman 2000, a weekly contributor and political commentator on CNN, and a veteran of numerous national and statewide campaigns. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded April 2, 2007.