With the tensions between U.S. and Iran increasing, do you know how markets will react? Let’s take a closer look…

Despite the increased volatility between U.S. and Iran, the S&P 500, as of Friday’s close, finds itself up slightly over 1%, outperforming non-U.S. developed nations, which are up close to one-quarter-of-one-percent.

Emerging markets are currently outperforming both with a return just below one-and-three-quarters percent. Looking at styles, growth is outperforming value. Bonds are also generating a positive return with the main core bond index up nearly half-a-percent. What may be surprising to some is that given the situation with Iran is that the VIX remains under 13.

For the week ahead, we will of course monitor the U.S.-Iran situation. In addition, the phase one trade deal between U.S. and China is currently scheduled to be signed this week on the 15th, and we see an increase in economic data releases.

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