The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: Feb 28 – Mar 4, 2022

March 8, 2022

At a glance:

  • The geopolitical conflict between Ukraine and Russia is hitting the markets. Commodities, specifically oil and wheat, made big moves this week signaling more to come. Economic indicators are giving mixed signals on future growth despite companies reporting positive earnings.
  • The market is crippled with uncertainty as global stocks continue to decline and investors seek safe haven in government and quality corporate bonds.
  • The price of oil and wheat has spiked to levels not seen in decades likely due to the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
  • Nearly 99% of S&P 500 companies have reported positive earnings, yet the number of companies lowering their guidance on future earnings has increased to 40% from 20%.
  • Manufacturers are showing signs of optimism as inventories and imports report positive improvements over the last few months.
  • As it relates to industry news, we’re reading about the financial sanctions against Russia, an explanation on the geopolitics behind the invasion of Ukraine, housing experts divided on home price forecasts and Disney+ to launch cheaper ad-supported subscription options.

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Simeon Wallis

Simeon is the Chief Investment Officer of Aprio Wealth Management and the Director of Aprio Family Office. Simeon brings two decades of professional investing experience in publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as senior-level operating and strategy consulting experiences.