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Tension in the Far East hits stock markets

Aside from the fact there are more than enough worries within Europe to account for the large fall in the worldwide stock markets this morning there are growing concerns about friction between North and South Korea. It is rumoured that the North Korean authorities have placed their military on alert, ready to react if South Korea engages in any form of military activity against its neighbour.

This has had on impact upon the Japanese, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Chinese, Indian, Thailand and Malaysian stock markets which fall fallen sharply overnight. While frictions between North and South Korea have been commonplace over the last few years, there is real concern about a potential explosion of military activity this time. The uncertainty this would present to the region, and potentially drag other countries into the dispute, is the reason why Far East stock markets have fallen so sharply.

Very few analysts can remember a 2 to 3 year period in the world of investment when volatility has been so commonplace and so many nightmare scenarios have emerged. It seems as though we are moving from one disaster to another at the moment, coming just after the worst economic downturn in living history and one which many economies have yet to overcome.

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