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MarketScape · 10.16.23

How an Escalation of War in Israel May Impact Markets

Beyond the considerable human toll the war in Israel has already taken, an escalation of the conflict could disrupt the world’s energy supply, damage global economic growth and spark market volatility. Chief Investment Strategist for EMEA and APAC Wouter Sturkenboom, CFA, outlines some scenarios.
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Chief Investment Strategist – EMEA and APAC
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What this is
We analyze how the war in Israel and Gaza could impact investors.
Why it matters
If other Middle East countries such as Iran engage, oil prices may spike globally.
Where it's going
Higher oil prices could damage global economic growth and spur equity volatility.
Main Point

Potential for Economic Damage and Market Volatility

An escalation of the war could ignite higher oil prices, damage global growth and spur equity volatility. Investors may want to consider how these risks could affect their portfolios.

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Wouter Sturkenboom

Chief Investment Strategist – EMEA and APAC

Wouter Sturkenboom, CFA, CAIA, is chief investment strategist for EMEA and APAC at Northern Trust. He is also a member of the Interest Rate Strategy Committee and Investment Policy Committee.

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