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Russia’s invasion and its effects on markets

By Michael Doyle
This article is published on: 21st February 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had far-reaching consequences on the global investment market, with investors worldwide facing significant challenges in maintaining returns amidst the geopolitical turmoil. In this article, we will explore how the invasion has affected global investment returns.

The Invasion and its Effects on Markets

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, triggering a significant geopolitical crisis that has had a severe impact on global markets. The initial response was swift, with investors responding by selling off their assets, causing a drop in prices in equities and other asset classes.

Stock markets around the world experienced significant drops as investors scrambled to assess the situation’s severity, with some seeing declines of as much as 5% in a single day. The selloff was particularly severe in Europe, where the German DAX and the UK’s FTSE 100 both fell sharply. In the US, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones also fell significantly.

Safe-haven assets like gold, the Japanese yen, and the Swiss franc, saw significant inflows as investors sought to protect their portfolios from further losses. Bond yields also fell as investors sought refuge in safe-haven assets, with the yield on the 10-year US Treasury note dropping to 1.5%, its lowest level since November 2020.

Sector-wise, energy companies, particularly those with operations in Europe, were the hardest hit. Companies like Royal Dutch Shell and BP saw significant declines, as the invasion threatened to disrupt the flow of energy supplies from Russia to Europe.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Investors React to the Ongoing Crisis
Investors have been closely watching the situation in Ukraine, with market analysts suggesting that the ongoing crisis could have a significant impact on global investment returns. The potential for further escalation of the conflict, coupled with the possibility of economic sanctions on Russia, has left many investors concerned about the potential impact on their portfolios.

Several analysts have suggested that investors should remain cautious and avoid taking unnecessary risks. In particular, those with exposure to companies that could be adversely affected by the ongoing crisis should be prepared to re-evaluate their investment strategies.

At the same time, some investors have seen opportunities in the market downturn, with some taking advantage of the lower prices to buy into equities that have been undervalued as a result of the crisis. This approach, however, requires a significant degree of caution, as the situation in Ukraine remains highly volatile, and the market could continue to experience significant swings.

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has had a significant impact on global investment returns, with markets worldwide experiencing significant declines in response to the invasion. While some investors have seen opportunities in the market downturn, most have adopted a cautious approach, wary of the potential risks posed by the ongoing crisis.

As the situation in Ukraine continues to unfold, it is clear that investors will need to remain vigilant and prepared to reevaluate their investment strategies at short notice. The geopolitical turmoil has highlighted the importance of diversification, risk management, and a long-term investment approach that can weather short-term market volatility

If you would like to review your current investments or wish to consider taking advantage of today’s markets then it is advisable to speak with your financial adviser.

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