Terrorism and Russia Conflict Are Top Threats to Global Markets, Say InvestorsBoris Korby
Terrorism and the Russia-Ukraine conflict are the biggest geopolitical threats to world markets, according to a Bloomberg Global Poll of investors, analysts and traders.
Asked which of nine possibilities posed the greatest risk to financial markets, twenty-six percent of respondents singled out global terrorism, the same percentage that said the conflict in eastern Ukraine between government troops and separatist rebels was the top threat. Fifty-two percent of Bloomberg subscribers polled said that the threat to markets from geopolitical instability is rising, up from 46 percent in November. Only 4 percent forecast a drop, according to the quarterly survey.
Thirteen percent of participants said hacking and the vulnerability of major companies to cyber-crime was the top risk, followed by the rise of Islamic State at 9 percent, South China Sea tension and the effects of climate change at 6 percent each.
The poll of 481 investors, analysts and traders who are Bloomberg subscribers was conducted Jan. 14-15 by Selzer & Co., a Des Moines, Iowa-based firm. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
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