Ignore Trumps Easter tweets and focus on investing

Over Easter yet another one of Trump’s twitter outbursts has resulted in global stock markets dipping severely overnight with the S&P 500 now crossing below its 200 hundred day moving average. Trump attacked a range of different stakeholders, from immigrants to democrats to Amazon, seemingly threatening to take the company to anti-trust legislators as a result of its
“monopoly position”.

Trump’s outbursts are no reason to panic. In the context of the stock market at large, they are in fact a mere distraction to investing fundamentals and what truly determines whether or not you should invest in a company. As Warren Buffett says, make sure to never mix your investment decisions with your political views as this will only serve to distract you from what really matters in terms of outperforming the market over the long-run. The key to smart investing is to value companies conservatively on the basis of their earning power and ensuring that you invest with a sufficient margin of safety. While Trump’s temper tantrums are exciting headline news and give journalists something to write about, they will barely affect your portfolio’s performance over the long run.

The bottom line – Ignore the noise, focus on picking wonderful companies to invest in and leave the politics for politicians.

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Motley Fool contributor Marcello Pinto has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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