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Some interesting stories out this morning:

Market Volatility

A quick word on "market volatility" (often a euphemism for market weakness, but there we are).

The FTSE 100 is testing support around 7200 as I speak. We have made a fresh six-month low.

Overall sentiment in the market has been a frustrating headwind for many investors. The measure that I particularly track is the FTSE All-Share Total Return Index: this is down 2.7% year-to-date.

Within that, the more domestic-focused FTSE 250 Index has under-performed (total return is down 3.6% year-to-date). I get these numbers direct from

Looking at the junior market, where many private investors are active, the AIM All-Share Index (AXX) has had a horrific sell-off over the past five trading sessions. 

It closed at 1092 on October 3rd. Only a week later, and it's at 1019: a sharp, fast fall of some 6.6%.

Some of the most popular and higher-valued AIM stocks have had a particularly nasty week:

My own portfolio hasn't gone unscathed. While I've had some success with Volvere

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