Global markets lose two trillion dollars as Britain breaks away from European Union
Sterling suffered a jaw-dropping plunge in the early hours of Friday in London, from $1.50 against the US dollar to just $1.33. It closed at $1.368, after a day to forget for many FX traders.
The London stock market suffered steep losses at the open, but recovered to finish down 199 points or minus 3.1 per cent. Bank stocks suffered badly, while some housebuilders shed a quarter of their value amid forecasts of a UK recession.
Asia had already tumbled while results from across the UK had flooded in, with Japan’s Nikkei index experiencing its biggest fall since the Fukushima disaster of 2011.
The record slump in the pound by around eight per cent on Friday has raised fears that UK inflation could spike (as imports will cost more).
The Guardian said stock markets across the Americas are also deep in the red, from New York to Sao Paulo.
The Dow Jones hasn’t managed to rally, and is down almost 600 points, or per cent.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq is deeper, down four per cent, with only three stocks rising.
And the Dow, and the S&P 500, are now negative for 2016.