Shaky Ground: Global shocks rattle markets

By Staff | April 18, 2011 | Last updated on April 18, 2011
3 min read

The worst of the Great Recession is well behind us, but so far 2011 has seen global markets lurch from one crisis to another.

America appears content to inflate its way out of debt, which left unchecked could erode the savings of bondholders.

In Europe, the sovereign debt crisis of a handful of countries has been met with bailouts from Germany and the euro itself is now in question.

In North Africa and the Middle East, protests have toppled the governments of Tunisia and Egypt, Saudi tanks helped quash a revolt in Bahrain and Libya remains embroiled in a civil war.

And in Japan, a series of earthquakes have devastated infrastructure, leaving the country with rolling blackouts and spreading radiation leak from a damaged nuclear power plant.

But with every crisis, there comes opportunity. Armed with information, advisors can help insulate client portfolios from the worst effects of the various calamities.

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