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The 3 fears sinking global markets: how much reason for worry?

Nothing about the condition of the world economy suggests that a major slowdown or slump will happen, but beware of market expectations and policy errors that can darken economic reality.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 05:50

While markets are often wrong in predicting economic events, financial expectations can sometimes influence those events. As a result, reality can sometimes be forced to converge towards market expectations, not vice versa. This process is known as "reflexivity".


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 show that January profits have historically

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