Understanding the Recent Market Sell-off

Not widely welcomed, but arguably overdue?

The sharp sell-off in stocks that started last week and gathered steam this week lacked a specific trigger — unlike the last time US shares fell this much, which came in the wake of the US losing its AAA sovereign rating at S&P Global Ratings in 2011.

As with plane crashes, the experts are pointing to a confluence of factors, from concerns over the path of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases to a rapid unwinding of trades predicated on continued low volatility in markets.

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Inflation Is Up, Is This An Issue?

We believe that, ultimately, it’s imperative to move the debate forward with respect to what constitutes ‘risk’ to an investor. Thinking of risk purely in terms of volatility is a disservice for investors as in reality ‘risk’ is so much more than a number. One of the greatest risks that many savers are taking – often unwittingly – is the risk of having insufficient funds for a reasonable lifestyle at retirement, especially when the ravages of inflation are taken into account. Learn more