The Dow performed the best and worst under these presidents

The performance of the volatile stock market typically has little to do with the president who's in office. Even when a president does manage to produce effective economic policies, he's usually well out of office by the time the effects are felt. Nonetheless, presidents tend to be defined by the performance of the stock market during their time in office.

So, which presidents have had the most luck, or the least, when it comes to the stock market?

While stocks have been traded throughout U.S. history, the launch of the Dow Jones Industrial average marked the first time anyone tried to track their collective performance in any meaningful way. The Dow debuted in 1896, so William McKinley was the first president to have the Dow exist for his full term.

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This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: The Dow Performed the Best and Worst Under These Presidents