What effect does conflict and war have on the stockmarket? In this article we look at past wars/conflicts and examine what the future might be with the current conflict in the Middle East.
Maybe I should stop taking my two-week Nantucket trip each summer. Last year during our stay we were glued to the news over the London terrorist bombing, and this year it was Hezbollah’s kidnapping of two Israeli soldiers, prompting the current fighting in the Middle East.
There’s a thought on Wall Street that investors should be
"buying when the cannons sound and selling when the trumpets sound."
When thinking about this view I harkened back to mid-March of 2003, when on the eve of the current Iraq war, Schwab’s Investment Strategy Council (which I chair) made our first post-bear market move into bullish territory, moving to an overweight on U.S. equities. We didn’t precisely nail the market’s bottom, but we were pretty darn close at seven days later.
So, as I sat on vacation mulling world...
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