Nuclear Anxiety Returns to America

by admin on August 12, 2017

The Atlantic | August 12, 2017

People are talking about thermonuclear war again—and they’re out of practice.

Opening their paper on Friday morning, readers of The Wall Street Journal encountered a financial item of unusually wide interest. “Here’s a question that’s probably not on the CFA exam,” write Mike Bird and Riva Gold. “What happens to financial markets if two nuclear-armed nations go to war?”

What, indeed? We soon learn the consequences could be dire. Short-term interest rates would rise and long-term rates would fall. In a small skirmish between North Korea and the United States, the S&P 500 Index might post 20-percent losses “before it became clear that the U.S. would prevail.” But were another nuclear-armed power like Russia or China to get involved, the European Central Bank would have to take extreme action and issue “highly dovish forward guidance.”

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US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has told North Korea to avoid actions that could usher in the “end of its regime and the destruction of its people”.

The Pentagon chief also said Pyongyang would be “grossly overmatched” in a war against the US and its allies.

His stark warning comes a day after President Donald Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury”. Read More


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