A Game Changer

Jennifer Hutchins, CFA, and Martin Landry, CFA, CFP®, CAIA, CIMA®, CIPM, CTFA, AIF®
August 7, 2019

The end of the tentative trade truce between the world’s two largest economies triggered a sell-off on global stock markets and sent investors scurrying into safe-haven assets.

On Monday, August 5, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 767 points (about 2.9%) and the S&P 500 Index fell 87 points (about 3%). Around the globe, international markets felt the pain as well with the Euro Stoxx 50 Index falling almost 2%, Japan’s Nikkei Index falling about 1.8% and China’s Hang Seng Index falling about 2.9%. The Chicago Board of Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) spiked 32% during the market tumult.

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