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When markets came crashing down last week, it seemed like January 2008 all over again. A global rout, alarming slippages by public sector banks and disastrous corporate Q3 results pushed the Nifty down 6.8 percent, with mid- and small-cap stocks taking the brunt of the selloff. The triggering of margin calls also accentuated selling pressure and it seemed a number of long-term investors were throwing in the towel as the Nifty closed at 6,980.
Sentiments across the globe dampened after the Federal Reserve said global economic turmoil and a massive selloff in equity markets could spook the U.S. economy. Crude touched a 12-year low on fears of higher stockpiles. The stock market risk-off resulted in a gold rally of 18 percent this year, driving prices to a high of $1,247 an ounce. Meanwhile, foreign portfolio investors pressed the sell button, offloading stocks worth $413 million. Support from domestic institutional investors was ineffective with shares worth $258 million bought during the week.