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What volatile markets say about the world economy

Discussion in 'Market News' started by Lily, Feb 1, 2016.

  1. Lily

    Lily Forum Member

    Aug 29, 2015
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    A process known as ‘reflexivity’ is a powerful force in financial markets, especially during periods of instability or crisis

    January is usually expected to be a good month for stock markets, with new money gushing into investment funds, while tax-related selling abates at the end of the year. Although the data on investment returns in the United States actually show that January profits have historically been on only slightly better than the monthly norm, the widespread belief in a bullish “January effect” has made the weakness of stock markets around the world this year all the more shocking.

    But the pessimists have a point, even if they sometimes overstate the January magic. According to statisticians at Reuters, this year started with Wall Street’s biggest first-week fall in over a century, and the 8% monthly decline in the MSCI world index made January’s performance worse than 96% of the months on record. So, just how worried about the world economy should we be?

    Related: Why is the global economy suffering so much turbulence?

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