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A Brief History of Market Turbulence

By SEI Investment Management Unit

Economic and financial crises have been a regular feature of monetary economies throughout history. While no two have been exactly alike—they vary widely in size, scope, causes and length—they do tend to share some common characteristics.

Today, concerns over the debt of many governments in the European Monetary Union (EMU), messy political wrangling in the U.S. and the resulting downgrade of its government’s longstanding AAA rating, and the risk of slower growth in emerging markets are all worrisome developments. As in prior periods of economic uncertainty, comparisons are being made to past recessions, including the Great Depression of 1929-1932, the malaise of the 1970s and the global financial crisis of 2008-2009. There are some key lessons that investors can take away from such comparisons.

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A Brief History of Market Turbulence

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