Normally, the first few trading days of the year are buoyant as investors look optimistically ahead. 2016 has not followed this path. A rise in geopolitical tensions stemming from North Korea’s possible nuclear test, discord between two of the most powerful Middle Eastern countries, and the ongoing fear of terror attacks at home and abroad have all weighed on investor sentiment.
The stock and bond markets, both US and foreign, have become increasingly challenging to navigate over the past year, much more so within the past month, and even more over the last few days.
The subject of Greece’s debt has been dotting the headlines for upwards of seven years.