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It's All Bad News for Markets Buckling Under China, Fed, Economy

  • Forecasters back away from bull case as credit, economy warn
  • Less tolerance for stress in stocks priced near decade highs
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Market Mayhem: How Worried Should Investors Be?

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New year, same fears. Except now they’re hitting all at once. For U.S. stocks it’s meant the worst start since the financial crisis, while volatility in Europe has exploded to levels not seen in a decade.

From China’s weakening currency to the rout in oil to the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus and gains in the cost of financing business, things that keep investors up at night are climbing out from under the bed again in 2016. While little of it is new, the persistence is troubling, especially when buffers such as valuations and central bank support are turning against bulls.