Simon English: Crisis, what crisis? Footsie stays unfazed
Thursday 15 December 2011
Outlook What's up with the stock market? Hasn't it been told there's a crisis on? It fell more than 100 points yesterday, but in general the FTSE 100 is acting as if there's no possible trouble ahead. It's more turbulent than usual (100-point moves used to be news in themselves) but at 5,367 it is signalling that everything is basically fine.
What's going on? One theory is that equities, theoretically the most risky asset class, are presently seen as the closest to a safe haven that exists. In other times of strife, investors abandon shares and pile into government bonds on the basis that, well, entire countries don't go bust very often.
Just now, big companies are seen as safer than countries. That's quite scary. Take heart, if you can, from the reams of evidence that investors aren't always right. Often not, in fact.
- 1 Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks reveals he has inoperable cancer: 'I've had an incredible life'
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
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