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How will Omicron affect the stock market?

On the COVID-19 front, things seemed to be getting better. At least, that's what we all believed! Since the pandemic began, India has reported the fewest single-day infection cases. On November 24, 2021, South Africa calls the World Health Organization (WHO) helpline to report that a new strain of the virus, Omicron, has been identified in the nation. So, what impact will the new variation have on the stock market? 

Current Scenario

The development of this new strain and its spread around the globe has undoubtedly put a halt to the post-pandemic recovery process, causing stock markets to become restless. Last week, the Sensex and the Nifty witnessed two big drops as a result of these fears. Decisions made by governments to stop the virus from spreading might stifle the global economic recovery, putting the financial markets in jeopardy.

Situation of Confusion

Stock market players are concerned about how this new variation may effect corporate earnings. Stock markets have become more volatile as a result of this. The stock markets can send investors on a roller-coaster trip until the impact of this new variety is revealed. Whatever the research reveals, stock market players will be on the edge of their seats in the coming days to see what happens!

Whether to sell or to hold?

Such situations brings up the urge to sell off equity investments and hold cash as an investor. But the loss will be yours if the stock market crosses all hurdles and continues to rise.

Investors might also think of pausing their ongoing SIP instalments. However you would be forced to buy shares/MF’s at higher price.

What can we expect next?

There can be two possibilities from here on. If the Omicron variant is found to have only mild symptoms, it will certainly be a blessing in disguise for the whole world. The spread and severity of this variant can be controlled if this is the case. This will turn out to be a positive scenario for the world.

The bad- It can set a stage for the virus to show its potential with a third wave in India and across  several parts of the world if this variant is found to be more transmissible and dangerous than the other variants which certainly can have an impact on the businesses and in turn on the stock market.

Working from home and tackling business downfalls have become a new normal for corporate India. The stock market participants would keep a close eye on the development of grey areas on the virus front.

How to make the most out of this situation?

Stick to your investment strategies and stay away from daily market noises is what one can do to counter the situation.

You can buy at low, if the stock market is trending downwards. However, your money can grow if the market tends to grow upwards.   

A great way to make the most out of this situation is to stick to your investment plans and not get disturbed by daily market volatilities. 

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