No calm in sight for market storms

Credit Suisse suggests that the extreme volatility on global markets is a result of all asset classes being relatively expensive, at the same time. But what happens if there is a reversion to historical norms?

One of the many oddities that characterised last year’s trading in financial markets was the extreme volatility as investors switched rapidly, and seemingly erratically, from ’risk on’ postures to ’risk off’. Inevitably that same fitful kind of behaviour is likely to continue into 2012.

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