The fear factor has gripped global markets

The battle for influence in the oil market and renewed concerns in the eurozone have added fresh uncertainty and volatility to commodity and financial markets.

The turmoil in world equity and currency markets would tend to suggest that investors have concluded that low oil prices are bad for financial markets and real economies, defying conventional wisdom.

The backdrop for the correlation between falling oil prices and share prices that is now occurring is quite different to the last time this occurred, during the worst of the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.

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