Geopolitical risk premiums priced in in February

The effects of Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February immediately rippled across the financial markets, and we saw geopolitical risk premiums being priced in across asset classes and equity sectors. The prices of certain commodities soared in the wake of the Russian invasion.

According to MSCI ACWI, global equities lost 2.6% in local currency last month. Translated into DKK, this was a decrease of 2.5%, led by Europe, which was followed by the U.S., whereas equity indices in Japan and the other Asian countries reported a smaller decrease. MSCI Russia dropped by 36% in local currency and nearly 53% in DKK in February. Companies within Materials and Energy yielded the highest returns, and companies within Tech and Consumer Discretionaries the lowest returns in the month.

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