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LGT Navigator: Too much risk triggers stock market correction

October 11, 2018

Investors' risk aversion heightened by rising interest rates and ongoing concerns over the trade conflict and its potentially negative impact on global economic growth has led to a sharp correction on Wall Street and Asian stock markets yesterday. In Tokyo, the 225 value Nikkei index plummeted by more than four percent – the sharpest drop since March. In China, the CSI300 also lost more than four percent.

The ECB's cautious bias toward an interest rate turnaround, despite the announcement to end its billion-dollar bond purchase program probably at the end of this year, weakened the euro significantly. The ECB maintained its key interest rate at a record low and remained extremely cautious in its communication. At the same time, the Bank of Japan also left its key interest rates unchanged and even lowered its inflation expectations.

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