Chad Sheaffer, CFA, CAIA
Senior Research Analyst
The 2022 hurricane season is the latest headwind in a challenging year for investors. Last week, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as a powerful Category 4 hurricane, unleashing heavy rains, high sustained winds, and extensive flooding along the coast. While the full extent of damages and the ultimate impact on the U.S. economy will not be known for several months, preliminary estimates indicate that Hurricane Ian will rank among the top 10 costliest storms in U.S. history. Current estimates of Hurricane Ian’s total cost — including damages and lost economic activity — range widely from $65 billion to as much as $120 billion. While several industries across the southeastern United States have been negatively impacted, Hurricane Ian’s overall impact on U.S. GDP is expected to be limited. Recent analysis by EY Parthenon, Ernst and Young’s global consulting arm, projects GDP to be reduced by 30 basis points in Q3 and 10 basis points in Q4 as a result of the hurricane. Natural disasters tend to have short-term economic consequences, with lost economic output recovered over time as federal assistance and insurance payouts allow communities to rebuild. Reconstruction efforts can also provide a temporary boost to GDP. As with other sources of uncertainty, Marquette encourages investors to maintain discipline and stick to long-term strategic allocations to best weather the market’s storms.
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