US special: what the election means for investors



As the American public prepares to head to the polls, Charlotte Richards asks managers which sectors may offer opportunities, and which should be avoided, in the case of either side's victory.

As 6 November draws closer, investors are becoming increasingly anxious about what the 2012 US election will bring. The world’s largest economy continues to battle economic woes and has just embarked on its third round of quantitative easing (QE) following a wave of poor data and a weakening labour market. Many are looking to the presidential race for solutions to these economic troubles, as well as – perhaps more pressingly – its impending fiscal cliff. In recent months, however, both candidates have clashed over what to do. In the first televised debate, held at the beginning of ...

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