How the Upcoming U.S. Election Will Shape Regulation

A look at utilities, energy, and the budding cannabis industry in a continuation of the Trump presidency or a new Biden administration

Dave Sekera, CFA 28 October, 2020 | 4:28AM

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When it comes to regulation, the contrast is clear: With a second term for the Trump administration, the rollback of regulatory restrictions would generally continue. A Biden administration would look to quash many of the deregulation efforts that have been made under Trump.

Plenty of industries would feel the impact of ramping up regulation or scaling back. But one industry the Biden-Harris campaign proposed rolling back restrictions on would create major momentum for a budding industry: cannabis.

Growing Cannabis After the Upcoming Election
Sen. Kamala Harris recently pledged to help decriminalize cannabis. If a Biden Administration is elected and this campaign promise becomes policy, motivation for further easing the federal prohibition could follow.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar Rating
Albemarle Corp134.73 USD-1.84
CMS Energy Corp62.70 USD0.63
Curaleaf Holdings Inc14.05 CAD-0.64
Green Thumb Industries Inc26.78 CAD1.06
Livent Corp15.74 USD2.01
NextEra Energy Inc75.97 USD1.80
NiSource Inc24.90 USD-0.16
Portland General Electric Co42.77 USD-1.66
Vistra Corp19.47 USD0.52
Xcel Energy Inc68.11 USD-0.04

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Dave Sekera, CFA  Dave Sekera, CFA, is a senior securities analyst with Morningstar.

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