The Russia-Ukraine conflict remains chief focus for investors. The world has begun to block Russian exports and shutter corporate operations there. As a result, oil prices have spiked, along with Nickel and agricultural products - coming at the expense of elevated market volatility.
Fitch has also downgraded Russia's credit rating to "Imminent Default." This conflict will likely have long-lasting effects on their economy, including lack of foreign investment once this war ceases. In ETF news, NYSE has halted trading on several Russia-focused ETFs as a result of sanctions and freezing of markets there.
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Volatility levels remain elevated with the VIX (a measure of overall stock market volatility) creeping up continually. This means that we can expect larger swings in the market going forward - proceed with caution.
ETFs to Watch:
- VIXY - ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures ETF
- VXX - iPath VIX Short-Term Futures ETN
As with any market concerns, investors began buying up gold, seeing a spike beyond the US$2,000/oz this week. This has fueled gold companies (like those in the XGD ETF).
ETFs to Watch:
- XGD - iShares S&P/TSX Global Gold Index ETF
- HBU - BetaPro Gold Bullion 2x Daily Bull ETF
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