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Double Brexit: Wall Street is panicking as Trump win looms larger

The markets are shedding value tonight as the country watches a nail-biter of a presidential election, with a Trump victory extremely likely.  It’s not that the Street necessarily believes a Trump presidency would be bad for the economy, it’s that such an eventuality introduces lots of economic uncertainty, and investors hate uncertainty. While investors have … Continue reading “Double Brexit: Wall Street is panicking as Trump win looms larger”

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The markets are shedding value tonight as the country watches a nail-biter of a presidential election, with a Trump victory extremely likely. 

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It’s not that the Street necessarily believes a Trump presidency would be bad for the economy, it’s that such an eventuality introduces lots of economic uncertainty, and investors hate uncertainty. While investors have a pretty good idea of what a Clinton economic agenda would look like, they have far less idea of what Trump has planned. 

Dow futures fell more than 833 points as the possibility of a Trump win grew during the evening. S&P 500 futures fell more than 5% before midnight EST. The Mexican peso was off roughly 13.0% at 20.6879 per dollar before midnight EST. The Japanese Nikkei plunged 900 points.

In short, the effect of this election night on the markets is causing a “double Brexit.”

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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