Political uncertainty continues to hang over markets

Following Tuesday's election, the markets took a plunge. The major stock indexes all fell nearly 2.5 percent -- the biggest sell-off of the year.

The markets plunged yesterday in the wake of Tuesday's election. The major stock indexes each fell nearly 2.5 percent -- the biggest sell-off of the year.

Some analysts blamed economic turmoil in Europe for the drop, but Susan Schmidt, managing director of U.S. Value Equities at Mesirow Financial, sees it differently.

According to Schmidt, the situation in Europe, though weak is stable. In contrast, uncertainty over the U.S. fiscal future continues. "Yesterday was all about our elections and the market's concern over our politicians and their ability to find a compromise regarding the upcoming fiscal cliff," she says.

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Jeff Horwich is the interim host of Marketplace Morning Report and a sometime-Marketplace reporter.

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