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Market 'tantrum' likely if no corporate tax reform, expert says

  • With the failure of the Republican's health-care bill, the market is wondering if the GOP can get tax reform done — but there could be a "win" still to come, Michael Farr said.
  • If Congress can get corporate tax reform and repatriation done, the market will go higher, he said.
  • If not, he expects trouble ahead.

With the failure of the Republicans' health-care bill, the market is wondering if the GOP can get tax reform done — but there could be a "win" still to come for politicians and Wall Street, expert Michael Farr told CNBC on Tuesday.

"There is a win-win here for portions of this tax reform deal for Republicans and Democrats agreeing both on the corporate tax and the repatriation," the president of Farr, Miller & Washington said in an interview with "Power Lunch."

"If they can get that done and we can see some progress, then I think markets stabilize and go higher. If not, then I think a tantrum is in the offing."

The Republican health-care plan collapsed on Monday night after leaders failed to get enough votes for passage. On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wanted a vote on a straight repeal of Obamacare without a replacement in the "near future," but three members of the caucus have already said they would not support such a bill.

Farr said while it is too early to suggest a market reversal right now, investors should check their asset allocations.

"Because the equites are at all-time highs, then if you are above your allocation, yes, this is a very good time to come back and rebalance and make sure that you are not over-allocated to equities," he said.

"Caution is really important when the market is making new highs because when this music stops you want to make sure your clients have a seat."

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