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Recent headlines are filled with unsettling news and images coming out of Israel, but before you make any hasty decisions with your money it's essential to consider the bigger picture.

When tensions rise it's natural to want to protect our assets and investments. Wars create uncertainty leaving us anxious about the potential impact on portfolios. However, reacting impulsively can lead to unfavorable outcomes.

It's crucial to remember that markets are inherently volatile, even in the absence of major wars and events (if there ever was/is such a time). They can fluctuate for various reasons including economic data, corporate earnings, and investor sentiment. Geopolitical events may exacerbate this volatility, but they are just one piece of the puzzle.

Attempting to time the market by selling or buying assets in response to geopolitical news is a risky endeavor and generally a losing gamble. Even professional investors often struggle to predict short-term market movements accurately. Investors who try to time the market may end up missing out on potential gains or locking in losses.

Instead of reacting to events it's proven to be better for investors to maintain a long-term perspective. Diversification, a well-thought-out asset allocation strategy, and periodic portfolio reviews can help you weather these storms.

If you find yourself anxious about the impact of this Israeli war on your investments, call your advisor. In moments of stress and anxiety, take 10 minutes and revisit your financial plan. You can determine with an unbiased professional whether or not you need to alter your plan or stick through it.

In an increasingly interconnected world geopolitical events are a constant presence. While they rattle markets in the short term, it's crucial to remember that sound financial planning and a long-term perspective will leave you in a better position in the future. By resisting the urge to react impulsively to the headlines, you're more likely to make investment decisions that serve your best interests in the long run.

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