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Breakingviews: Trump’s stock-market rally has no clothes

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Richard Beales
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Investors need to get real about the Donald Trump rally. The S&P 500 Index is up 7 percent since the eve of his election as U.S. president, even after a Monday dip. The hope is that Trump's promises of cuts in taxes and red tape will unfold without a hitch, while those that would slow trade and immigration won't happen. The weekend's chaos shows otherwise.

An executive order signed on Friday immediately restricted visitors, returning visa holders and even, to start with, legal permanent residents who are citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. Enforcement confusion, spontaneous protests at airports, legal challenges and more were the result.

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