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The Ukraine crisis and market volatility

The Ukraine crisis and market volatility

You will no doubt be aware of the deeply concerning events that have unfurled in Ukraine over the last few weeks. Our thoughts are first and foremost with those caught up in the conflict and anyone who may have friends or family in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

The immediate market reaction has been heightened volatility, with sharp spikes in the price of oil and gold.

By now, you should all know my continuing view about staying calm and staying invested. At times like this, I always reflect on Warren Buffet, that famous US business magnate and investor’s memorable one liner when he says "the stock market is a device for transferring money from the impatient to the patient"!

Historically, the market’s response to geopolitical events, tends to be short-lived. Only the 1970s oil shocks have had a significant long-term effect on US markets, while the impacts of major events such as the wars in Iraq, the 9/11 bombings and the Arab Spring uprising have only been felt temporarily.

This chart (courtesy 7IM) shows what happens to markets after the initial shock and the value of staying invested.


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Jason is the Principal Financial Planner for Critchleys Financial Planning LLP

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