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Our Thoughts on the Current Market Volatility

What is unfolding in Ukraine is extremely troubling. As Russia presses its military advantage, it is inspiring to see Ukrainians defending their country. And while the images of fleeing refugees and bombed out maternity wards create strong emotions, IFC is here to help you keep those emotions in check as it relates to your financial planning.

Markets were volatile prior to the invasion and have become even more so over the past few weeks.  Nobody can predict market moves. We’ve seen broad selloffs followed by huge rallies – sometimes within the same trading session!

Volatility will most likely continue, at least for the short term, as investors weigh the impact of rising inflation, energy prices, supply-chain disruptions, and interest rates. Signs of escalation or de-escalation in Ukraine will continue to move the indices.

Amongst the uncertainty, what we do know is that markets are resilient. In fact, history tells us that major geopolitical events tend to have limited impact on markets after six to 12 months. So, sticking to your investment strategy may be the best approach. As quickly as markets fall, they can also go back up.

We are true believers in the resilience of the American economy. We also feel that the underlying strength of today’s economy still bodes well for overall growth. This doesn’t mean that you should be passive. IFC is taking measured steps to rebalance portfolios where necessary and doing some tax-loss harvesting if appropriate.

In uncertain times, IFC's highest priority is helping their clients keep emotions out of investing and ensuring they remain focused on their long-term financial goals.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns, or for some reassurance. IFC is there to support you and your family.