If your RRSP mutual funds are taking a hit of late or if you're wondering why gasoline prices are going up, one of the key elements is Ukraine.
It is causing instability in the marketplace and when that happens investors become risk-averse.
Some dive for cover and get out of stocks while other plunge in figuring oil prices will go up, driving gasoline prices higher.
Over the weekend, so-called pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a number of cities and towns in eastern Ukraine and hoisted Russian flags.
The acting President of Ukraine told the militants that if they weren't out of those buildings by 1:00am Toronto time, he would unleash his military in an all-out anti-terrorist action to arrest them.
Russia is warning Ukraine. The U.S. is warning Russia.