Rapid World Changes Expose Vulnerabilities & Risks

March 17, 2022
War in Europe is sparking rapid change with repercussions around the globe. Investors have questions about how to respond and whether things will ever return to the way they were.

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When Russia invaded Ukraine it set in motion a series of abrupt changes. These changes have sparked a host of challenges around the world and prompted questions for investors. How will this conflict end? What will be the impact on the U.S. and global economies of the sanctions on Russia? What are the impacts of the war on the supply chain? What are the longer-term implications of the decisions by hundreds of U.S. companies to pull out of Russia? Bruce Mehlman, an expert in political and policy trends, joins host Mike Townsend to discuss these and other questions. They explore how we might be entering a new period in history–what Bruce calls the "post post-Cold War era"–and what that might mean for investors.

Mike also looks at how bipartisan support for a package of military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine was the catalyst that helped Congress pass the massive government funding bill that had been stalled for more than five months. And he provides updates on the Federal Reserve's decision to begin increasing its key interest rate and the White House's executive order that seeks to craft a government-wide strategy on cryptocurrencies.

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