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Financial crisis sees investors facing more volatile financial markets, says Standard Life

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Standard Life Investments’ latest edition of Global Perspective examines how the recent financial crisis has created major structural problems, making measurement of the global economy more difficult and consequentially the effectiveness of new policy tools less certain.



The net effect for investors is more volatile financial markets.

The report highlights a number of significant structural reasons behind the heightened economic turbulence and examines whether policy makers are reaching the limits with normal tools and levers.

Policy makers face a complex task at the best of times, even more so after a major financial crisis, as they try to analyse the structure of an economy and then take action to dampen its irregularities.

Currently there are problems in relation to measuring the state of the economy correctly, possible structural breaks in behaviour since 2008-09 and uncertainty over the impact of new policy tools.

Three countries, China, the UK and the US, are used to demonstrate the problems of trying to ascertain the true situation.

Andrew Milligan, head of global strategy at Standard Life Investments, says: “In the wake of unprecedented financial and economic stress, political uncertainty is high, as pressure builds to transform the organisation of economies and societies. Structural dislocation means many of the economic relationships and rules of thumb which worked prior to the crisis no longer appear to do so. As long as so much uncertainty persists in so many areas, so will volatility in financial markets.”

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