Outside the Box: Sell Trump short if stocks take a dive

Seasoned investors will tell you that you can’t time the market. Even a self-promoting braggart like Donald Trump would be cautious about market-timing or predicting a perpetual rally.

Yet the president has no qualms about claiming bragging rights for the U.S. stock market’s recent “Trump rally,” which has lifted the S&P 500 SPX, +0.84% the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.54% and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.74% The danger for Trump here is that by claiming credit for the market’s strong performance when things are going well, he and his administration will be held accountable for a sharp market downturn.

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