MADISON, Ala. - From the opening bell of Election Day through the next two days of trading, we saw a lot of movement in the stock markets caused by the surprise election of Donald Trump.
Shari Burnum, of Investor's Resource/Raymond James, notes, "Whenever there is surprise and uncertainty in markets, they react negatively."
But those jitters come more built-in than you might realize.
"Pre-markets we went down about 5%, now we're going to end the day up about 1%," Burnum points out, "which is commensurate with what's happened in the past at the end of the day."
That said, having a candidate whose public approach is less tested than a political veteran introduces a certain amount of volatility.
Burnum says, "This is a candidate that does not have a proven political background. And so he's going to be assessed and looked at very carefully."
But she adds that in trading, most investors have their focus on the long run, so the advice from this financial advisor is tempering.
"At the end of the day," Burnum concludes, "it was a net neutral, in fact it was a net gain. And so for people who are not day traders -- and we are certainly not that -- we really just suggest that people take a breath, digest the information, and then formulate the plan."
That last bit may apply to the country on the whole too.