There is no factor that negatively affects the financial markets like the uncertainty of investors. Following the recent unrest and the toppling of the president, the investor confidence in Afghanistan could drop to an all-time low.
Millions are looking to flee the country, and this implies that virtually all aspects of the economy are not working. If people are worried about leaving the country, they won’t settle down to do their jobs, and this will negatively affect the economy. With economic activities currently down, it is only right that the financial markets are down also.
Furthermore, some foreign countries such as Germany are starting to pull their people out of the country. Investors, but foreign and local, will have little interest in the Afghan financial markets at the moment, and this would have both short and medium-term effects on the economy. If the Taliban remains in power, many investors will pull out of Afghanistan as they would not be sure of the working conditions under the new Islamic leadership.
On the global stage, the financial markets would also be affected. So far, the effects of the unrest in Afghanistan are already visible in other parts of the world. Financial market indices are down, with investors keenly watching to see how the world leaders would react to the situation.
The FTSE 100 dropped by 0.90% today, while the STOXX Europe 600 also lost 0.50% of its value. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIJA) and the S&P 500 are also down by 0.065% and 0.23% so far today. The NASDAQ composite is another major index that is currently trading in the red zone, and it is down by 0.74% at the time of this report.
S&P 500 chart. Source: TradingView
This means that most of the major global financial market indices are trading in the red zone over the past 24 hours. The performance paints a clear picture of the current state of the financial markets and what investors are feeling.
Joe Biden made an address regarding the situation in Afghanistan later yesterday. His speech could play a huge role in how the financial markets would perform over the next few days. This is because most of the other major world leaders would be looking to the United States to determine the next line of action. The next few hours and days would be interesting as the progress in Afghanistan could shape the performance of the financial markets globally.
This article was originally posted on FX Empire