Published June 24, 2016
On June 23rd the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU). The UK consists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. This process was commonly referred to as Brexit. As a result, Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, who pushed for the UK to stay, announced plans to resign in three months. The vote came as somewhat of a surprise as the markets reacted positively to the upside earlier this week when polls indicated an increased likelihood that Britain would remain in the EU.
Concerns about the economic consequences of the vote are driving markets lower globally.
Going forward there are many economic and political uncertainties. The vote initiates a process that could take up to two years and possibly longer to implement. As this plays out, heightened volatility is a likely result, but not a reason to stray from your long-term investment process. In this type of environment, dislocations can present favorable investment opportunities for patient investors.
The last significant market correction occurred earlier this year, which brought to mind a quote from Benjamin Graham, considered by many to be the father of value investing. “In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine.”
Given that we are also looking toward an uncertain and unusual political environment and U.S. Presidential election this fall, it is likely that this statement will continue to hold true and the volatility will continue.
Written by North Star Resource Group.
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