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Global Uncertainty Shaking Equity Markets


Domestic and emerging markets have seen continued volatility over the past few months, and we expect to see more turbulence as the the war in Ukraine continues. We are monitoring developments closely as the situation remains fluid. 

We, along with many of you, hope for a peaceful resolution soon without further loss of life.

From a financial perspective, some key areas of focus include:

  • Energy prices – Russia is the world’s third-largest oil producer. The crisis has raised the issue of energy security across Europe.
  • While the conflict is troubling, the biggest financial impact is likely to be increased prices on commodities produced in the region, namely oil, natural gas, wheat, palladium and aluminum, which would weigh on consumer spending.
  • Impact on the Fed – The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to start raising short-term interest rates in March and begin reducing its balance sheet later this year. The Fed will now have to navigate geopolitical and economic uncertainty.
  • The crisis will weigh on a market already struggling with high inflation and the coming transition to tighter monetary policy.

It’s natural for times of market volatility to bring up feelings of apprehension and uncertainty. As your advisory team, we are here to provide you not only with insight, but with advice on how we can help manage the effects of – and capitalize upon – the markets’ movements.

We’re watching the markets closely and will reach out should anything require immediate action. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch if you’d like additional perspective or guidance.

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