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FTSE 100 shows steep decline as investor confidence wobbles

Up until midday on Friday it appeared that all was well on the UK stock market with the FT-SE 100 higher and hopes that Wall Street would also improve. However, when Wall Street came in sharply lower this was seen as a selling signal by many UK investors and the positive move in the early part of the day disappeared and the market fell. Today the UK market is down nearly 2% as investor confidence with regards to a strong worldwide economic upturn starts to wobble. So what is going on?

It is rather strange that at a time when we see the Japanese economy, the French economy and the German economy apparently pulling out of recession, investors appear focused upon the US and nothing else. However, only a few weeks ago when many people were sceptical of a worldwide recovery in economic activity the stock market was flying high and investors seemed certain a recovery was just around the corner. So what has changed?

There would appear to be growing concern that artificial government funding of various economies around the world has not yet been replaced by genuine demand from the worldwide population. There is more and more concern that as and when this artificial financing of economies is taken away we could be in for a period of consolidation at best. Against this background, it seems as though many investors have taken the opportunity to bag some of their recent gains and potentially sit on the sidelines for some time to come.

If you are looking to invest in the stock market you must take professional financial advice.

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