Global markets may be back in risk-on mode, but there are still plenty of asset classes to get scared about in the run up to Halloween.
For one, October was volatile for global markets, with the S&P 500 down 1 percent month-to-date and the Nikkei tumbling over 5 percent. Analysts blame a combination of factors, including fears over an Ebola outbreak, weak global growth, and the end of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing program.
Southern European peripheral nations like Spain, Italy and Portugal remain a key weak point in the euro zone's economic recovery. Last week, Portuguese government bond yields jumped amid financial concerns over one of the country's largest listed companies. Furthermore, the results of the European Central Bank's stress tests over the weekend showed peripheral nations faced the biggest struggle with capital shortfalls, including Italian, Greek, Cypriot and Portuguese lenders.
Gold is another concern, with spot gold prices extending losses into a fourth session on Monday as its safe-haven appeal wanes amid improving economic data and Wall Street's gains.
Meanwhile, the large decline in crude oil prices was a key cause for market volatility this month amid supply concerns. On October 16, Brent crude hit its lowest level in almost four years.
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