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August 21, 2017

Cardinal Capital – August Update

North Korea – What Should An Investor Do?

  • We are all worried about the current standoff with North Korea. Kim Jong-Un took over as Leader of North Korea in 2011 and has launched 17 missile tests in 2017 alone; more tests than in 20 years from 1991 to 2011 before he took charge. The problem is that North Korean missile technology has improved enormously in the past few years versus previous decades when it was common to hear the country announce a missile test only to have it fail to launch………
  • The trouble with attempting to move to cash in advance of one of these events is that markets tend to start moving sharply higher well before the crisis in question is actually resolved. And of course, there is also the very real possibility that the situation does not get worse, in which case investors will likely drive the market higher in a relief rally. As an investor, doing nothing can feel like a difficult move, but history suggests it is the best move.

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