This week’s mighty global market turbulence gripped both our attention and stomachs. Naturally, it entered consulting discussions as clients reflected on their relation to markets.
- plentiful and current over-supplies of information, facilitated by technology, allow market participants to react more quickly (also helped by technology) than ever before
- while we react to momentary market shifts—for example, (1) our reactions in the plunge post-Lehmann, (2) in the bubbling up last March, and (3) last week in the steep correction—we rarely step back in attempting to discern larger systemic patterns. We are too gripped by the immediacy of our own financial positions.
- It benefits us to consider what is going on when we reach a position of calm.
Talking with clients about changes in our global linkages with markets— often felt as we react to them rather than recognized clearly and considered coolly— most agreed that we have embarked on an era of significant turbulence.
However, while most clients focused initially on systemic threats, a general consensus emerged over time: there appears to be a silver lining. A pattern, characterized by a bursting bubble, presents market participants with a momentary choice of repair or rupture.
While the verdict is hardly in: Greece after all, is followed by Spain and Portugal…..media murmurings about the EU as white knight suggest a moment of global repair.
For some of us, that’s worth a sigh of relief. For others, it means profit as equities return to test former highs.
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