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As I'm sure you know by now, on late Wednesday night, Russia began a military invasion of Ukraine.
The markets have reacted predictably, spurring a giant sell-off and keeping the S&P 500 deep in correction territory as of Thursday. It's tempting to call a situation like this chaotic, but the truth is, large geopolitical events often trigger this kind of action, and the conditions we're seeing now have some historical parallels that can give us some insight as to how it's going to go.
In a nutshell, here's what investors are afraid of: Economic sanctions against Russia could affect large sectors of the world economy, especially commodities. That means even more inflation, but it could also slow overall economic activity down and curb the Federal Reserve's initial plan to raise interest rates.
But those interest rate hikes are intended to deal with the inflation we already have. Without them, it just keeps going up.
If that happens, we have a particular combination which represents every investor's worst nightmare, "stagflation" - where prices are skyrocketing but the economy isn't moving - something we haven't seen since the mid to late 1970s.
But as usual, I don't think these fears are entirely founded, and I think the economy's in a stronger position than most people realize. Which means the latest downturn in the markets represents an unprecedented buying opportunity that could let you close out the year with serious gains.
To find out what to do with the positions you're already in, and how to take the best advantage of what's going on now, check out this video:
One of the biggest profit opportunities right now is related to something I've been talking about for months - the rising price of oil. I've been saying for a bit that it's going to go up over $100 a barrel, and sure enough, we hit $99.50 on Tuesday morning.
With the Ukraine-Russia conflict guaranteed to push that even further, we've got a chance to make a move in three sectors - energy, metals, and mining - that are massively benefitting from this price hike.
This strategy is already creating some mindblowing returns. 54% in eight days... 63% in 17 days... 187% in a week. And there's still time to get in.
About the Author
Shah Gilani boasts a financial pedigree unlike any other. He ran his first hedge fund in 1982 from his seat on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. When options on the Standard & Poor's 100 began trading on March 11, 1983, Shah worked in "the pit" as a market maker.
The work he did laid the foundation for what would later become the VIX - to this day one of the most widely used indicators worldwide. After leaving Chicago to run the futures and options division of the British banking giant Lloyd's TSB, Shah moved up to Roosevelt & Cross Inc., an old-line New York boutique firm. There he originated and ran a packaged fixed-income trading desk, and established that company's "listed" and OTC trading desks.
Shah founded a second hedge fund in 1999, which he ran until 2003.
Shah's vast network of contacts includes the biggest players on Wall Street and in international finance. These contacts give him the real story - when others only get what the investment banks want them to see.
Today, as editor of Hyperdrive Portfolio, Shah presents his legion of subscribers with massive profit opportunities that result from paradigm shifts in the way we work, play, and live.
Shah is a frequent guest on CNBC, Forbes, and MarketWatch, and you can catch him every week on Fox Business's Varney & Co.