Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF: Time To Start Looking Beyond The Gloom

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  • The market seems to have priced in a lot of the negativity around geopolitical risks following the Ukrainian conflict, high commodity prices, a falling euro, and recession fears.
  • However, to be more precise, Europe consists of many countries which have been impacted differently by the above woes.
  • It is the same for the holdings with VGK's providing exposure to other sectors in addition to industrials, which should suffer the most.
  • Moreover, Europe remains a developed common market, with economic resiliency inbuilt at the country level including its corporations.
  • Bearing the hallmarks of a "predictable recession" rather than a normal one that cannot be foreseen, the corporate environment is not necessarily so gloomy when one takes the time to investigate deeper.
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There has been a tendency to lump the whole European continent together and predict the worst-case scenarios in the aftermath of the Ukrainian war, rising fuel costs, and falling euro following the ECB review of monetary policy. With so much negativity priced in, the

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