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JSE Dips Amid US Rate Concerns and Potential Government Shutdown Fears

Published September 29, 2023
9 months ago

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) mirrored the unstable global market trend this Tuesday, primarily influenced by investor anxiety relating to prolonged higher US interest rates and a possible shutdown of the US government. The vast majority of investors capsulized a defensive position anticipating possible upheaval in the international market infrastructure.

There are significant concerns lawmakers in Washington may not come to a consensus regarding a new spending bill by October 1, thereby potentially causing a government shutdown. The fiscal health and operational momentum of the largest economy in the world are critical determinants for global market trends, and an interruption could create a ripple effect felt across international markets, including South Africa's JSE.

A halt in the US administration's operations due to spending disagreements could destabilize the country's economic progress, leading to substantial negative shockwaves in worldwide stock markets. Investors on the JSE, already bracing for this possibility, reacted strongly to these vibes, thus reflecting the day's downturn.

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