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Keeping Calm During a Panic Selloff (FAQs)

What is causing the market volatility? Following a remarkable rise in stock prices up until February 19, the rapid spread of a new coronavirus strain (Covid-19) suddenly threatened to disrupt the production of goods and services and to push the world into a recession. The governments of the countries most affected by the virus implemented draconian containment measures (border closures, quarantines, school closures, …). These steps, aimed at avoiding a collapse in the healthcare system, created panic among the public and will take a heavy toll on the economy. On the heels of that shock, long-simmering tensions in the energy market (see below) came to a head, triggering a sudden, sharp drop i

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