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Keep calm - This is not 2008

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Finweek investment expert Simon Brown
Finweek investment expert Simon Brown

The current market has two key factors that are creating fear amongst traders and investors: volatility coupled with weakness, and virtually an entire market that is being hit.

We’ve certainly kicked off the first month of the year with a bang (albeit a downward one) and little suggests we’ll see a positive year for the Top40 index, even though markets have recovered some of their earlier losses as I write this.

So the question everybody is asking is whether this is 2008 all over again. Some have stated that 2016 certainly feels very much like 2008.

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