World Stocks Drop $1 Trillion Following Nuclear Rhetoric

World Stocks Drop $1 Trillion Following Nuclear Rhetoric
Traders work in front of the German share price index, DAX board, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, August 7, 2017. REUTERS/Staff/Remote

On Friday the damage inflicted on world stocks this week by the escalating war of words over North Korea topped $1 trillion

(LONDON, UK) With the tense mood pushing European shares down for a third day and Wall Street set to fall again, global stocks were on course for their worst week since President Trump won November's U.S. presidential election.

Now installed in the White House, Trump issued a new warning to Pyongyang on Friday, tweeting: "Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely."

North Korea had responded to Trump's previous promise to unleash "fire and fury", with a threat to land a missile near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

Japanese markets were closed for a holiday but the yen powered on, hitting an eight-week high of 108.91 yen to the dollar, adding to its biggest weekly gain since May.

The yen tends to benefit during times of geopolitical or financial stress as Japan is the world's biggest creditor nation and there is an assumption that Japanese investors there will repatriate funds should a crisis materialize.

The Swiss franc, the other traditional safety-play among currencies, has benefited too. Two weeks ago it saw its biggest weakly fall against the euro since the start of 2015. This week has seen its biggest rise since June 2016.

And in bond markets, 10-year U.S. Treasuries and Germany's ultra-safe government bonds, known as Bunds, were trading at their highest prices since June.

Many world stock markets have hit record or multi-year highs in recent weeks, leaving them vulnerable to a sell-off, and the tensions over North Korea have proved the trigger.

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