Fear and confidence are two of the most used words when it comes to the markets. This is no coincidence given that they the two most important drivers of the markets. Whilst trade account for some movement in the markets, it cannot be accountable for the larger violent movements.
Of course if a Canadian business owner needs to purchase materials from Japan the conversation of currency will register within the markets however this won’t be enough to drive price, not in the same way that fear can! Fear can absolutely destroy a market and once it takes hold only the bell or government intervention can stop it.
When George Soros shorted the pound on black Wednesday he did so with such aggression that there was no stopping the pounds collapse and while Soros was responsible for the initial movement, fear soon spread and as people started dumping the pound there was no way to stop it. The UK governments attempt to prop up the currency failed miserably as they simply couldn't cope with the amount of money flooding in against the pound. Eventually the government was forced to remove the currency from the ERM at an estimated cost of 3.3 billion.
One of the most brutal examples of fear…