Stock Markets: A Perfect Storm Brewing

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Policies to reign in inflation and a looming Russian invasion of Ukraine are frightening investors, causing indexes to tumble this week

  • For stock markets to enter a longer phase downturn, there often have to be several forces at play. This is exactly what is happening so far this year. Investors are getting nervous.
  • Two developments are driving the current selloff: the prospect of higher interest rates due to rising inflation and the looming Russian attack on Ukraine. Both issues will not go away quickly.
  • The question discussed among investors is: Are they dealing with a temporary correction or are the markets headed for a bigger downturn after years of growth? So far cautious optimism prevails.
  • Cryptocurrencies are being sold off at pace. These network tools based on blockchain technology were originally meant to withstand common market turmoil.
  • In our reading today, we explore the forces behind the current selloff and their significance for the wider economy.
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