Bi-Weekly Geopolitical Report – Investment Implications of the Israel-Hamas Conflict (October 30, 2023)

Patrick Fearon-Hernandez, CFA | PDF

For investors, geopolitical risks today center on the Great Power competition involving countries like the United States, China, and Russia.  Nevertheless, terrorism by non-state actors can still be destabilizing, as shown by the October 7 attacks on Israel by Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip.  The attacks resulted in the largest mass killing of Jews since the Holocaust and the seizure of over 200 hostages, prompting the Israeli government to launch military reprisals aimed at destroying Hamas as a political and economic power and raising the risk of a broader regional conflict.  This report discusses how the Israeli-Palestinian fighting could play out in the coming weeks and months and what the implications are likely to be for investors.

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