Investors: Avoid Knee-Jerk Moves Amid Israel-Hamas Volatility
Rational Responses Amidst Soaring Oil Prices and Regional Tensions
Although oil prices surged by 5% following the unexpected attack by Hamas on Israel over the weekend, investors should avoid knee-jerk reactions.
Last Saturday, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas launched the largest military assault on Israel in decades. Hundreds of Israelis were killed starting off a wave of retaliatory Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip.
At the time of writing, the death toll stands at 1,600, and we can only expect it to grow.
Steering Clear of Knee-Jerk Reactions in Turbulent Markets
As I was quoted by The Street, Pound Sterling Live, Financial Mirror, The Arabian Post, Private Banker International, IOL, Invest Money UK, and Madras Tribune, amongst other media, these events directly impact financial markets across the globe. As always during times of heightened volatility, this can lead some investors to sell off riskier parts of their portfolios, such as certain currencies and stocks.
Oil disproportionately affects global financial markets due to its fundamental role in the world economy. It also has the potential to influence wider economic conditions and investor sentiment. On top of this, oil has an interconnection with various sectors.
Yet, I would urge investors to avoid knee-jerk reactions to the surge in oil prices and geopolitical tensions generating market turbulence.
Investors will likely profit by sitting still and not selling, only having to buy back at higher prices.
As we’ve seen, savvy investors, such as Warren Buffett, will, in all likelihood, use this volatility and lower entry points to boost their portfolios for the long term with high-quality stocks that have strong fundamentals.
The Importance of Diversification in Navigating Geopolitical Risks
Diversifying your investment portfolio across various asset classes, such as stocks, bonds, and commodities, is vital. This is your best tool to avoid the risks linked to geopolitical events.
Furthermore, I’d recommend keeping watch on energy-related stocks and companies, as fluctuating oil prices will likely directly impact them. Indeed, oil production and exploration businesses may benefit from higher prices, whilst industries relying on energy consumption could face challenges.
Of course, although short-term market fluctuations can be worrying, it’s vital to maintain a long-term outlook when making investment decisions. History shows that markets have rebounded from geopolitical crises, and a well-diversified portfolio can weather these storms.
Read my previous blog post here.