President Donald Trump has repeatedly pointed to the stock market as one of the best ways to measure his administration’s policies.
During Trump’s presidency, the S&P 500 has gained 29% from inauguration day through August 13. How does that stack up to stock performance at the same point in other modern presidencies? (645 trading days, to be exact).
Stocks were stronger under Barack Obama and far weaker under George W. Bush.
S&P 500 performance under Trump compares more closely to stocks under Bill Clinton (they were also up 29% at this point in his presidency).