Geopolitics and the Markets

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

PREVIEW

Markets and investor confidence have been rattled recently by geopolitical events. At the moment, three situations are dominating headlines; Russia/Ukraine, Israel/Hamas and instability in Iraq. Each of these issues ignites a variety of emotions for people impacted by the events.  For investors however, it is important not to let these events distort your investment thinking or your longer-term investment plan. As depicted in the chart below, history is littered with events that at the time surely felt as though they had the potential to derail markets for an extended period of time. 

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