Global financial markets suffer as President Trump promises *fire and fury* in response North Korean nuclear ambitions.

Daisy Harvey

2017-08-07 09:39:00 Mon ET

Global financial markets suffer as President Trump promises *fire and fury* in response to the recent report that North Korea has successfully miniaturized nuclear warheads to place on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in the face of new economic sanctions. Trump follows up with inaccurate tweets about the more powerful U.S. nuclear arsenal, whereas, State Secretary Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis both urge de-escalating the current situation and warn against North Korea's prospective nuclear threats and missile strikes near the U.S. military bases in Guam. In the presence of the dictatorial regime's ICBMs and nuclear threats, the current standoff might eventually become the Nash equilibrium of mutually-assured destruction (MAD).

This deterrence doctrine helps prevent subsequent escalation and belligerence on both sides (U.S. and North Korea now and U.S. and Russia in the cold war and the Cuban missile crisis). Due to this imminent political complexity, global stock markets experience a pervasive decline in market valuation. This decline may be a temporary dip, and this transience can be a valuable stock investment opportunity for the typical contrarian investor.

 


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