The calm of May has given way to a big spike in stock market volatility. June kicked off with a crisis in Italy, further Brexit setbacks and sinister political antics from Donald Trump. Markets on both sides of the Atlantic are swinging sharply day by day, sometimes on the flimsiest of rationales.
Stock markets can be perverse. Having been braced for the fallout from the US administration’s decision to exit the Iran nuclear deal and impose severe sanctions, the S&P 500 index has surprised everyone by surging ahead. In fact, while the market plummeted during president Trump’s speech announcing the move, it finished the session higher.
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