Timely and Relevant News: Let's Talk about Ukraine and Russia

Our continued thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine and everyone impacted by the war and humanitarian crisis.

As it relates to past geopolitical events, market disruptions have been short-lived, especially if the US economy is strong. The consumer makes up about 70% of GDP. Last month, consumer spending was up by 2.1% and retail sales were also up by 3.8% - way more than expected.

LPL Research does not predict a recession for the U.S. economy based on healthy consumer data and a strong corporate earnings backdrop. The Federal Reserve will likely take a more dovish stance on March 15-16th than what was expected two weeks ago.

We encourage you to watch the brief video below from Ryan Detrick, Chief Market Strategies with LPL Research.

If you have specific questions related to your own investments or financial planning needs, we welcome you to contact us to set-up time to discuss how we can assist you. 


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