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Is it me or is the world getting more volatile?

Christopher Joye
28 February 2011

I've written about volatility a lot in the past. How I think it has risen in a networked, increasingly globalised world where vast quantities of information are transmitted at light speed in mostly uncensored form to billions. How I think Australia is likely to face especially volatile conditions given the change in our trading partner mix.

But recently, it seems like there has been an unusually large number of shocks. We had the GFC set against wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Then the European sovereign debt crisis. And just when things were starting to calm down in the fourth quarter, the devastating floods, Cyclone Yasi, the fall of the Egyptian and Tunisian governments, then a shocking earthquake in NZ that looks to have killed hundreds, and now Libya and possibly other middle eastern states …

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