War in Ukraine impacts the Small Mid Cap Core...

War in Ukraine impacts the Small Mid Cap Core Outlook for 2022

Small Mid Cap Core Review of the First Quarter of 2022 | KayneCast 181

April 28, 2022

In this episode of KayneCast, host Jordan Greenhouse is joined by Julie Kutasov, Portfolio Manager of the KAR Small-Mid Cap Core Strategy. Together, they discuss the stock market review for Small Mid Cap Core during Q1 and examine the impact of recent geopolitical events on the stock market outlook for 2022.


Ukraine-Russian War Impacts Stock Market Outlook for 2022 

The first quarter of the year began with concerns about inflation and expected increases in interest rates that could negatively impact the Small and Mid-Cap segments of the stock market during2022. In addition to inflation concerns and interest rate increases, the unprecedented sanctions the international community leveled against Russia after the invasion of Ukraine on February 24thhave also had a substantial impact on global markets. The importance of the two nations to the energy and agricultural sectors saw a spike in energy prices and fears of a rise in global food prices. Fallout from the Ukraine war, pre-existing inflationary pressures, post-pandemic supply chain disruptions, and labor shortages are, as Kutasov points out, “now expected to be more meaningful and last longer than initially anticipated, potentially forcing the Fed to increase rates more aggressively.”


Small Mid Cap Commentary and Outlook for 2022

Kutasov points out investment strategies with minimal direct exposure to Russia and Ukraine should see little direct impact. However, secondary effects such as rising fuel costs may put pressure on consumer spending and increase the risk of stagflation. She notes crises often bring opportunities, and that KAR’s approach to new idea generation is looking for companies in segments under pressure and searching for those companies that have built-in protections from those issues.


Small Mid Cap Core Contributors and Detractors

Listen to the podcast above to learn more about the top contributors and detractors in KAR’s Small Mid Cap Core Quality strategy for Q1 2022.


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