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Romney’s Better But Conditions “Good for Stocks” No Matter Who Wins: O’Shaughnessy

Like many people on Wall Street, James O'Shaughnessy is hoping for a Mitt Romney victory in today's Presidential election. O'Shaughnessy, whose eponymous firm manages over $4.9 billion, has donated to Romney's campaign, according to public filings. He believes the Republican will have an easier time breaking the partisan gridlock in Washington.

"A Romney election makes it easier" for Congress to address the fiscal cliff and other fiscal policy issues, O'Shaughnessy tells me in the accompanying video. "Romney has already expressed a willingness to work with Democrats, and could get something done."

Related: A Romney Win Would "Overall Be Better," Rosenberg Says…With Caveats

That said, O'Shaughnessy concedes a Romney victory would likely mean a less supportive monetary policy for stocks. Romney has already pledged to not reappoint Ben Bernanke to another term. (Since then, Bernanke has reportedly said he won't seek a third term no matter who wins the election but Romney is likely to appoint a more hawkish Fed chairman than President Obama.)

Related: Romney Wants Bernanke to Go but One of His Top Advisers Doesn't Seem to Agree

Furthermore, the money manager and What Works on Wall Street author believes the fiscal cliff will be addressed no matter who emerges victorious from this contentious election. "Whether Democrat or Republican, politicians are not suicidal," he quips. "If Obama's reelected, he doesn't have to play to his base anymore. If he's reelected he can play the statesman."

To O'Shaughnessy, "playing the statesman" means Obama would be more willing to work with House Republicans to address the fiscal cliff, perhaps reviving the "grand bargain" the President allegedly had with Speaker John Boehner last summer. O'Shaughnessy further hopes a reelected Obama might revisit the Simpson-Bowles plan, which the President commissioned but then didn't support.

Related: Election 2012: For The Economy, It Doesn't Matter Who Wins, Says Mark Zandi

Despite his Republican leanings, O'Shaughnessy is confident the stock market will continue to rally no matter who emerges as the victor tonight — the potential for an inconclusive vote notwithstanding.

"The conditions remain relatively good for stocks," he says. "I think [who wins] matters but it matters a lot less than many people would surmise."

O'Shaughnessy declined to discuss specific stocks but says he's particularly bullish now on global dividend stocks, provided they have strong balance sheets and trade at attractive valuations.

"That's a great [strategy] going forward under any administration," he says. "It doesn't matter where a company is domiciled — as long as you avoid most financials, which we do. "

Aaron Task is the host of The Daily Ticker and Editor-in-Chief of Yahoo! Finance. You can follow him on Twitter at @aarontask or email him at

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