Equity markets around the world were battered Monday amid growing volatility in emerging markets.
Asian markets closed sharply lower, with benchmark indices in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mumbai shedding more than 2% as investors looked to move out of riskier assets. South Korea’s KOSPI Index was off by 1.6%. European markets were also slow out of the gate, with broad declines across the continent.
In currency markets, the yen gained ground against the dollar as investors parked their money in traditional safe havens. Emerging market currencies extended losses, building on a trend from last week that hit the Argentinian peso, Turkey’s lira and India’s rupee especially hard.
Emerging markets have been hammered in recent days due to the possibility that the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and Bank of Japan will pull back on propping up their own economies. Signs of weakness in China’s huge manufacturing sector and a looming default in the shadow banking system have only added to worries.
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