Fears about economy are causing stock global markets to collapse
The United Kingdom and Switzerland boosted interest rates on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve of the United States announced the highest rate hike since 1994 affected the global stock market. Policymakers are hiking interest rates in order to decrease demand and alleviate some of the pressures that are driving up consumer prices. Investors are concerned that the actions will cause a lasting slump in the global economy. After the US rate hike was announced, Ryan Sweet of Moody’s Analytics said, “The Federal Reserve will hike interest rates until policymakers break inflation, but the risk is that they also break the economy.”
The Nikkei 225 and Australia’s main stock market index were both down more than 2% on Friday; however Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks were higher. That occurred following a sell-off in the US on Thursday, with the S&P 500 dropping 3.2 percent and the tech-heavy NASDAQ dropping more than 4%. For the first time since January 2021, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 2.4 percent, falling below 30,000 points. Few businesses were spared, and corporations that rely on discretionary spending, such as Nike and airlines, were among the hardest hit. Energy businesses, which would potentially face a decline in demand if the economy slowed, were also hit hard.
Tesla’s stock dropped 8.5 percent after the company announced price hikes due to increased costs. The autopilot features of the electric vehicle are also being scrutinised by US road safety regulators. Spotify also dropped 7% a day after the streaming behemoth announced it was slowing recruiting in the wake of economic uncertainty, becoming the second major internet business to do so.
The FTSE 100 ended Thursday down more than 3% in the UK, where the Bank of England warned that inflation could reach 11% this year. After warning investors that inflationary pressures were impacting shopping behaviour, Asos, a British online apparel company, plummeted 32.5 percent. The Dax index in Germany sank more than 3%, while the Cac 40 in France fell 2.4 percent.