June 2014 Investment Insight, "Implications of Geopolitical Instability for Investors: Spotlight on the Middle East"

Abstract

Any major geopolitical crisis is likely to have a negative effect on investment performance, but certain market sectors have performed well in troubled times. This issue of Investment Insight reviews financial data related to past geopolitical events in the Middle East to examine the impact on global markets. It also outlines some of the possible steps investors can take to insulate portfolios from geopolitical instability and discusses investment opportunities that can arise during a crisis.