While experts readily agree that no president can be held responsible for the rise and fall of the public markets, perception is key on Wall Street-and investors need to be concerned with how much confidence those driving the market have in Bush. "The people making the buy/sell recommendations generally are in regions of the country where you can't throw a rock and hit somebody who voted for Bush," says Pell. "San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles-those are places that had little faith in Bush's intellectual ability. If that uncertainty were confirmed in people's minds, it could be dangerous for the market."
- Accel Partners, (650) 614-4800, www.accel.com
- Davenetics, www.davenetics.com
- SBA, (800) 8-ASK-SBA, www.sba.gov