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Shutting Down Stock Markets Tends to Only Delay the Declines

  • Investors see up to 50% drop when Russian market reopens
  • War-related exchange closures have been rare in recent years

Russia’s stock market closure is only postponing what’s likely to be a plunge when trading resumes.

From World War I to 9/11 and the Arab Spring, exchanges have often closed for days, weeks or months in times of turmoil. When markets reopened in those cases, equities slumped.