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FTSE 100 down nearly 4% in afternoon trading

The UK FTSE 100 index is down by nearly 200 points amid concerns about political uncertainty in the UK and the evolving debt crisis in Europe. When you also throw in the fact that growth in the Chinese economy is more subdued than many had expected there are more than enough worries for investors to panic in the short-term.

While the FTSE 100 index was well down, the FTSE 250 was down by nearly 5% showing how second line stocks appear to be taking the brunt of investor concerns in the short-term. Quite where UK stock markets will go from here remains to be seen but there is obviously concern in abundance. It is not as if we have a UK government in place to issue soothing words for investors with comments from Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling ringing fairly hollow at the moment.

Analysts will be reviewing their hopes for the UK stock market over the weekend and looking at various potential outcomes in both the political arena and the European debt markets. There is much to consider for investors in the UK and around the world and with markets moving so quickly time is of the essence.

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