11 Most Read Articles of the Week!

1. High Gas Prices and Recessions

While higher gas prices may be welcome news to the oil industry, the rest of us should be concerned as it is a glaring recession warning. Over the last 40 years, higher gas prices have been linked to economic stagnation and recession. — Michael P. Lebowitz

2. No. Greedy Corporations Aren’t Causing Inflation

Greedy corporations are not causing inflation. Such is despite the claims of many of those on the political left that failed to understand the very basics of economic supply and demand. — Lance Roberts

3. Less Is More When Presenting Clients With Options

We live at a time when people like to have choices. The internet affords people a seemingly unlimited number of choices for anything they desire, and they will surf the Web for hours searching for the perfect option. That may be fine when searching for consumer products, vacation options, or the best roads to take to their destination. — Don Connelly

4. How Should I Think About Geopolitics and Volatility?

Despite the horrible human and social impact, the conflict in Eastern Europe is currently noise for the market. Time will tell how things evolve, but the key risk is that higher commodity prices – and energy prices in particular – fail to be transitory. Russia is a major commodity producer, and further escalation of the situation could exacerbate supply chain disruptions and drag on global growth. — David Lebovitz

5. Don’t Panic: Here’s How Stocks Historically Perform During Wars

US stocks tend to fall at the outbreak of war… and then almost always recover quickly from these plunges. Specifically, our research found stocks typically drop around 10% in the days following the start of conflict. — Stephen McBride

6. How Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Affects Energy Income Strategies

Amid ongoing strength in the energy sector – it was the best-performing group in the S&P 500 last year and that status is being retained in the first quarter – it wouldn't be surprising if advisors are fielding more inquiries from clients about accessing the latest oil bull market. — Todd Shriber

7. An Open Letter to Sales and Marketing Leaders: Alignment is a Verb

In marketing communities, on podcasts and at conferences, one topic is always on the agenda: Sales and marketing alignment. Up until recently, it wasn’t something I spent a lot of time thinking about. In my time as a marketing leader, I’ve always been lucky enough to work at companies with phenomenal sales leaders. — Kelly Waltrich

8. Why Do Advisors Need Digital Marketing?

As a kid, do you remember jumping rope? Two kids would be twirling the rope and would say, “Jump in!” And if you were like most kids, a wave of excitement and panic would beat through your chest - and then you’d take a leap of faith into the centrical fun. — Rebecca Hourihan

9. How Green Bonds Will Fund a Green Future

More securities labeled as environmental, social and governance (ESG) bonds are being issued by a wider variety of companies than ever before. This is a welcome development, because such financing will play a critical role in the global transition to a greener world. But not all ESG-labeled bonds are equal. To fund a genuinely green future, investors will need to separate the grain from the chaff. — Salima LamdouarPatrick O’Connell and Tiffanie Wong 

10. What Advisors Should Know About Alternatives with Douglas Blake

Douglas Blake is the managing director of investment solutions at Kingswood U.S., An SEC-registered RIA and a FINRA-licensed broker/dealer that offers comprehensive wealth management and business-building services designed specifically for the independent financial advisor. — Power Your Advice

11.Financial Sanctions: A Reality Check

Over the last seven years, Russian banks have built a very effective internal payments network called Mir. Cards from Russian banks now cover all of the adult population – 100 million users – and allows card payments domestically. So, the action of Visa and MasterCard only affects Russians who travel overseas which, in current climate, is most likely to be wealthy Russians who have foreign bank accounts anyway. Therefore, imho, this announcement will have minimal impact. — Chris Skinner