Contributed by: Nicholas Boguth
In case you missed it, Great Britain voted to leave the European Union yesterday. Here’s a recap of why this vote took place, what the arguments were on each side, and what the vote means for you, the U.S. investor.
It costs Great Britain nearly $10 billion to be a member of the European Union. What does a country like Great Britain gain from the $10B membership fee? The EU spends its budget on economic stabilization, job creation, and security for European citizens. Its members also get the benefit of being a part of the largest trade bloc in the world.
This vote took place now because David Cameron, Prime Minister of Great Britain, campaigned on the promise that he would negotiate better terms of Great Britain’s membership to the European Union. Great Britain has been at a divide for the past few years when it came to key issues related to the European Union. Proponents of leaving the EU cited issues such as the price tag of membership, weak borders as a result of the EU’s immigration and free movement of people policies, and the limit of business growth because of strict general lawmaking. The argument of those who wanted to remain in the EU was centered on the economic benefit of the trade bloc that allowed for free trade between Great Britain and the other members.
Now that Great Britain has voted to leave the EU, they will begin a two year negotiation to determine the details of the separation - the largest of issues being the details of trade between the now independent Great Britain and the remaining EU member countries.
This vote contributed to investor uncertainty in the previous months, and the decisions that are made over the next couple years will undoubtedly contribute to investor uncertainty as media outlets continue to make noise as they do all too well. The key for investors is to be able to filter through the noise to make well informed decisions. Events such as Brexit are great examples of systematic risk that contributes to volatility and risk in portfolios, something that we continually monitor in our portfolios here at The Center.
Nicholas Boguth is an Investment Research Associate at Center for Financial Planning, Inc. and an Investment Representative with Raymond James Financial Services.
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