Financial market fall accelerates on global growth fears

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    • #2080
      Ohio Barbarian
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      This is a Trotskyist analysis of the latest international market swings. As usual, the way they put the facts together makes sense. From the article:

      US stock markets fell sharply yesterday, with the Dow down by 500 points, bringing its combined losses for the last two trading days to more than 1,000 points. The broader-based S&P 500 index was down by more than 2 percent, with the sell-off taking place across all sectors.

      With all indexes now in “correction” territory, having fallen more than 10 percent since their highs, Wall Street is on track for its biggest annual decline since 2008. The Dow and the S&P 500 are set to record their worst drop for December since 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, having lost 7 percent so far for the month.


      There is a confluence of factors impacting the stock market, including: fears of a global slowdown and possible recession; the ongoing impact of the US trade war against China; concerns over the future course of interest rates and what the Federal Reserve will say following its meeting on Wednesday; the impact of political turmoil in the US; the fallout of the Brexit crisis in the UK; and the developing upsurge of the working class, as reflected in the “yellow vest” movement in France.

      The signs of a slowdown in global growth are most clearly expressed in China and Europe. Last week, Chinese government data showed the biggest fall in the growth rate of retail sales for 15 years and a decline in the industrial production growth rate to the lowest point in three years. There are warnings that the overall Chinese growth rate, at its lowest point since 2008-2009, could decline further next year, as US trade war measures begin to take effect.

      Full article here.

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      The most fascinating thing about the current period is just a few short years ago the pundits on the business news networks were hailing the slashing of capex (investments in productive capital like plants etc) as good because it boosted dividends for shareholders. How time flies!

      Clearly, the bourgeoisie have no idea what hey are doing, which only makes them more dangerous.

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