SOURCE: Russell Investments

Russell Investments

August 30, 2013 11:49 ET

Syria: Russell 3000® Index Provides Historical Perspective on U.S. Market Amid Global Uncertainty

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Aug 30, 2013) - With the situation in Syria creating market uncertainty about a possible U.S. response, some market participants may be concluding that military tension is bad for markets. Looking at previous U.S. military conflicts in the Middle East, the Russell 3000 Index has shown at least a +10% outperformance for three months following U.S. engagement compared to the three months preceding the engagement.

"We certainly should expect volatility as investors react to the troubling news of the day, but historically the market impact from anticipation of military intervention in situations like this has usually been worse than the market impact from the actual intervention itself," said Erik Ristuben, Chief Investment Strategist at Russell Investments. 

Operation Desert Storm   Russell 3000 Returns
10/17/1990 - 1/17/1991   11.48%
(ENGAGEMENT) 1/17/1991   3.51%
1/17/1991 - 4/17/1991   21.73%
War in Afghanistan   Russell 3000 Returns
7/9/2001 - 10/8/2001   -11.72%
(ENGAGEMENT) 10/8/2001   -0.79%
10/8/2001 - 1/8/2002   10.93%
War in Iraq   Russell 3000 Returns
12/20/2002 - 3/20/2003   -1.82%
(ENGAGEMENT) 3/20/2003   0.29%
3/20/2003 - 6/20/2003   16.27%

"Make no mistake, Syria is a human tragedy. Although we can't predict the outcome with certainty, our view continues to be that U.S. and global economic activity will accelerate in the second half of the year, and Russell believes the current reported economic data is in line with that expectation. Therefore, we do believe that equities will continue to perform strongly over the next year and that the recent short-term volatility posed by Syria may actually provide investors an opportunity to 'buy on the dips,'" noted Ristuben.

Source: Russell Investments.

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