Iran and the United States recently traded threats after a top Iranian general was killed in a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad’s airport. Iran confirmed that it won’t any longer abide by the limits contained in the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran also fired a series of ballistic missiles at two military camps in Iraq housing American troops.
The strikes raised concerns of a flare-up in tensions between the long-term foes — Iran and Iraq. Previously, President Trump had threatened “disproportionate” attacks in case of any retaliatory move by Iran. Trump also threatened sanctions against Iran if it expels U.S. troops.
Intensifying of the Middle-East conflict had undoubtedly raised investors’ concerns. But stock market investors shouldn’t have panicked at all in the first place. This is because, historically, the broader stock market’s average return has mostly been positive in the 12 months following any geopolitical unrest.
(Source: Bloomberg, L. P. and EconomicPolicyUncertainty.com)
What’s more, Trump said during an afternoon speech yesterday that he wasn’t expecting any further retaliation from Tehran, and confirmed that the missiles fired by Iran at U.S. military bases did no harm. He added that “all of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.” To top it, he said “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”
The less hostile stance adopted by Trump, in fact, helped the major U.S. bourses climb north in the last trading session. While the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq hit intra-day record highs, the Dow is now close to breaking the coveted 29,000 level.
And 2020 is surely building hopes of a stock market rally, thanks to the U.S.-China trade truce and improving economic data. Trump had announced a possible “phase one” partial deal with China. And if the negotiations go well at the beginning of 2020, business confidence will improve, driving capital expenditure and in turn stocks.
And as consumer outlays remain healthy, led by record low unemployment rate, investors should expect the economy to continue to expand this year. By the way, the current low interest environment should make the cost of borrowing manageable, helping companies invest and grow. This in turn should help the economy gain momentum.
The Fed is widely expected to keep its monetary policy on hold after trimming rates three consecutive times last year to stimulate the economy. Fed Chair Jerome Powell had said that there is no immediate need to increase the federal fund’s rate unless there is a constant rise in inflation.
Coming back to geopolitical unrests, analysts at LPL Financial confirmed that the S&P 500 had declined an average 5% in 20 major geopolitical events dating back to the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the broader index recovered the entire loss in fewer than 50 days following such events. Take a look at the chart that shows market’s resilience to such turmoil —
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