Brace for more market volatility as a 2017 trend: Mark Gilbert

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London - The European Central Bank reckons that financial market uncertainty, as measured by how far stocks, bonds and the euro are from historical norms, is currently close to zero, in contrast with elevated uncertainty during the recessions of 2009 and 2013:

The sheer range of known unknowns for 2017 - the outlook for China’s economy, the effect of populism on European politics, the scatter gun policy-making of president-elect Donald Trump - makes a low level of uncertainty unlikely to persist.

For each of the major financial asset classes, there are plenty of reasons to expect that price swings will become more violent next year.

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USD/ZAR
14.06
+0.1%
GBP/ZAR
19.72
+0.3%
EUR/ZAR
17.13
+0.2%
AUD/ZAR
11.05
+0.2%
JPY/ZAR
0.13
+0.1%
Gold
1,831.32
0.0%
Silver
27.45
0.0%
Palladium
2,929.64
0.0%
Platinum
1,256.50
0.0%
Brent Crude
68.28
+0.3%
Top 40
62,573
+1.4%
All Share
68,520
+1.4%
Resource 10
71,474
+2.1%
Industrial 25
86,856
+0.9%
Financial 15
12,711
+1.1%
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