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Economics expert advises not to sell off investments despite current, tumultuous state of the economy

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Despite rising interest rates, a turbulent stock market, and significant food and gas price jumps, Seattle University Economics Professor Vladimir Dashkeev advises everyone to take a deep breath.

“There is no reason for panic,” Dashkeev said. “We should wait for the pandemic situation to straighten itself out and for the war in Europe to come to an end.”

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Dashkeev joined the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University after earning his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington. His research areas are macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and fiscal policy.

Dashkeev also believes we haven’t seen the last of the federal government raising interest rates in hopes that increased interest rates will slow inflation down.

The U.S. is facing the most significant percentage rate hike since 1994, making home mortgages, car loans, and credit cards even more expensive.

But Dashkeev is not advising people to sell stocks or bust 401Ks and IRAs.

“Already the decline in the market has started and you’re probably not going to be able to recoup your original investments right now.” Dashkeev instead advises to ride out the market and only sell stocks that have lost the least.