A number of restrictions have already been announced in Europe. In the best-case scenario, these restrictions could be brief and modest. A serious public health crisis would be avoided, and the economy would remain fairly stable as people and businesses are better equipped by experience to deal with lockdowns or travel bans.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that things pan out this way, but there are still a fresh set of challenges across a variety of sectors. Business operations are bound to endure some level of disruption in December, which could be trouble with optimistic stock valuations.
Hang on to your hats
Prepare yourself for volatility, especially if you have a short investment time horizon. Don’t panic and leave the market completely, because stocks are one of the best hedges against inflation. Keep a long-term view, and be aware of the major risks in the market today.
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