Ukraine-Russia tensions rise — invasion could be detrimental to markets
One week it’s inflation, the next it’s a possible invasion that could set off a war. There’s always something to worry about when it comes to the market.
What’s the big deal? Towards the end of 2021, Russia began staging troops alongside the Ukraine border — as global economies feared a potential invasion.
Since covering the news last month, the situation has only gotten worse. The presence of Russian troops increased to 130K — up from 100K a few weeks ago.
- CNN reported military hardware (i.e. tanks, fighting vehicles) moving closer to the border.
- On Friday, the US warned against a Russian invasion as soon as this week.
The White House is still unsure of Russia’s intentions — while Ukraine is insisting it is under “safe and reliable protection”.
The impact: An invasion would devastate the global financial markets — with Morgan Stanley’s chief US equity strategist (via BBG) saying it would “tip several economies into an outright recession”.
Oil prices would be one of the few beneficiaries — jumping in recent weeks as border tensions grew.
- The world will pay if an invasion disrupts oil supplies — given Russia exports ~12% of daily global crude oil trade.
- But so will Russia — as nearly half its federal budget is linked to oil & gas.
The energy (+26.5%) and financials (+2.5%) are the only S&P 500 sectors up this year — with oil prices up 19% in 2022 as Brent crude oil prices passed $94/barrel on Friday.
$100 oil coming? At the risk of sounding like a broken alarm, oil supply remains low and demand strong, while oil companies are flushed in cash and prices risk going even higher.
Investment banks called for $100 oil by September, but that timeline might be pushed up.