March 25, 2022 — An important discipline in our investment work is portfolio risk management. This can mean adjusting position sizes of securities, adding portfolio hedges, or recognizing that the market is not appropriately pricing risks to the upside or downside. There is no question that economic risks have risen significantly in recent weeks, yet the S&P 500 is less than 6% below its all-time high.
March 4, 2022— The horrors unfolding in Ukraine are deeply upsetting on every level. As investors, it is our job to separate emotions from facts that alter our 9–12-month view of the economy and financial markets. The situation in Ukraine has deteriorated at a rapid pace in the past two weeks, challenging some of our earlier assumptions and raising the risk of a more substantial impairment to economic growth in Europe.
February 25, 2022—The Russian invasion of Ukraine this week put an end to months of speculation and brought the crisis to a new phase. As we wrote earlier this week, our investment committee elected to maintain our portfolio positioning. We believe the critical considerations for investors is whether the Russia-Ukraine conflict derails the otherwise optimistic global economic outlook by way of high energy prices (which could sap spending power) or by way of inflation.
February 23, 2022—The rapidly escalating Russia–Ukraine conflict has dominated the news flow and financial market action over the past few weeks. The S&P 500 on Tuesday hit a new low for the year, correcting -10.25% since January 3. Wilmington Trust’s Investment Committee has been in constant communication and meeting with increased frequency. As of Tuesday, February 22, we are maintaining our current portfolio positioning and continuing to closely monitor the evolving situation.
January 28, 2022—Equity markets stumbled out of the gate in 2022 with U.S. tech-related shares hit hardest. Several factors are driving elevated volatility and investor angst, including geopolitics, disappointing earnings, and increased hawkishness from central banks. While equity market corrections can be unsettling, they can also provide opportunities for long-term investors.