U.S. Policy Strategy - L. Thomas Block

At Fundstrat, we know how pivotal a role policies, from administration and agency decisions to legislative actions, play in shaping markets. Our U.S. Policy section offers in-depth, timely, actionable insights into every nuance of U.S. policy dynamics. With a team of seasoned Beltway insiders, we analyze legislation, dissect policies, decode regulations, and forecast potential market implications. Our U.S. Policy analysis is more than just information – it’s your roadmap to economic and market insight in a world shaped by ever-evolving policy decisions.

About the Author

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L. Thomas Block – Washington Policy Strategist

L. Thomas Block is the Washington Policy Strategist at Fundstrat, and also President of Tom Block Consults, a public policy consulting firm. Prior to starting his firm, Tom had a 21-year career at JP Morgan Chase, where he served as Global Head of Government Relations and created a Washington Research product for the firm. For 17 years he served as the senior lobbyist responsible for managing political relationships with the U.S. government, state and local governments, and the EU and its member states. He created the bank’s EU Government Relations program. Prior to joining JP Morgan Chase in 1987, Tom was a vice president at Irving Trust Company where he started the Government Relations program for one of the nation’s 20 largest banks.He has also worked on political campaigns both as a strategist and speechwriter.

Our Approach

Legislative Updates

  • Timely insights into recent legislative actions and their potential market impact
  • Analysis of congressional moves and what they signify for investors
  • Deciphering complex policy shifts and translating them into actionable insights

Regulatory Environment

  • Comprehensive reviews of regulatory changes and their implications on various sectors
  • Expert analysis of major policy decisions from agencies like the SEC, CFTC, and more
  • Forecasts on how new regulations might shape the future financial landscape

Economic Policy Insights

  • Deep dives into fiscal and monetary policies and their market ramifications
  • Explorations on tax reforms, government spending, and monetary policy adjustments
  • Assessments on how U.S. economic strategies affect global financial dynamics

Trade Policy & International Relations

  • Assessments on U.S. trade policy changes and their effects on international markets
  • Insights into U.S. international relations dynamics and potential market outcomes
  • Analysis of treaties, agreements, and geopolitical shifts impacting investments

Elections & Political Climate

  • Analytical reviews on upcoming elections and potential market reactions
  • Deep dives into political party agendas and their potential financial implications
  • Insights on the broader political climate and its effect on stability and market growth

Research and Coverage

Reports

U.S. Policy

We offer an in-depth analysis of current U.S. policies and their potential ramifications for the financial landscape, ensuring you are well-informed to make strategic decisions.

Politics and Court take center stage

This coming week will see the first debate of the 2024 Presidential cycle between the two major party candidates as Democrat President Joe Biden, and former Republican President Donald Trump meet in a debate to be broadcast on Thursday, June 27 on...

L. Thomas Block - June 24, 2024

⚡️FlashInsights

Our flash insights provide quick, digestible updates on the latest changes and developments in U.S. policy, helping you understand their potential impact on financial markets.

L. Thomas Block
L. Thomas Block
Washington Policy Strategist

FOMC minutes from May 1 meeting where rates were kept steady and Chair Powell said at presser he didn’t believe next rate move would be up. Always interesting to read comments that led to Chair’s comments. All participants give their input over...

May 22
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L. Thomas Block
Washington Policy Strategist

This morning the Democratic Caucus agreed to support the Speaker if MTG offers a Motion To Vacate (MTV). As I wrote in my Monday Fundstrat note in my many years as aide, lobbyist, and analyst I have never seen bipartisanship to support...

Apr 30
12:49 PM

Weekly Roadmap

End your week with our "Weekly Roadmap", a summary that encapsulates our expert views and closing remarks for the week. This digest is crafted to bring all market happenings and our insights into one coherent context, ensuring you're well-informed and ready for the week ahead.

Stocks Continue Notching June Gains

“I just - I love my job. I love doing it. It's a passionate endeavor. And sometimes you can get close to something that you believe is the truth. The truth of something. Not all the time, but...

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Tom Block Quoted: The Midterms Are Almost Here. What’s at Stake for the Economy.

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Sample Reports

Big week in DC: Powell testifies, Super Tuesday, State of the Union (SOTU), Shutdown

Tuesday is the biggest day on the Presidential primary calendar – Super Tuesday.  Voters in 15 states will cast their votes in Republican Presidential primaries.  Nearly a third of all delegates will be chosen with delegate-heavy states of...

March 4, 2024
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Congress faces budget deadline, Israel funding and Fed decides

The November 17 deadline for Congress to act and pass government funding bills to avoid a government shutdown is quickly approaching.  The central issue is how newly elected Speaker Johnson threads the needle to get a bill passed...

November 3, 2023
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Latest Publications

Politics and Court take center stage

This coming week will see the first debate of the 2024 Presidential cycle between the two major party candidates as Democrat President Joe Biden, and former Republican President Donald Trump meet in a debate to be broadcast on...

June 24, 2024
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Washington Policy Strategist

Presidential Debate Approaching, Powell to Testify

Congress was not in session this week, as both chambers took time off for the Juneteenth federal holiday.  The Senate will also be out next week, but the House returns on Tuesday. The House is likely to continue...

June 21, 2024
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Washington Policy Strategist

House votes on defense spending, FOMC action

In the coming weeks I will be writing about the politics of the budget and the need to pass some, or all of the 12-appropriations bills needed to fund the US government after October 1, 2024 when the...

June 17, 2024
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Washington Policy Strategist

FOMC No Surprise, Ukraine G-7 Focus, and Vote in Congress

The FOMC met this week, and as expected, it kept interest rates steady.  The surprise was that the Committee changed its outlook and revised potential rate cuts from three to one.  While the official statement and Chair press...

June 14, 2024
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Washington Policy Strategist

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