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Friday, June 24, 2016

Markets Tumble Over Brexit News

Yesterday's Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom sent market prices tumbling worldwide today.

According to Bloomberg:
The world’s 400 richest people lost $127.4 billion Friday as global equity markets reeled from the news that British voters elected to leave the European Union. The billionaires lost 3.2 percent of their total net worth, bringing the combined sum to $3.9 trillion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
The DOW dropped 610 points (-3.39%) in today's trading over the news that British voters voted to pull out of the European Union. My own retirement investment account lost 1.513% of its value.

However, this is just the initial reaction by jittery people. Over the long term, U.S. markets should benefit as the European Union crumbles (five more countries are contemplating exiting the EU). World investors would then turn to U.S. markets as they would see them as safer and stable.

We'll see how things go when the markets open again on Monday.

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