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A maturing market amid the mayhem

from Expert Zone:

Brace for volatility, but utilise opportunity

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(The views expressed in this column are the author's own and do not represent those of Reuters)

After a 21 percent run so far this year due to unabated liquidity flow, markets paused for two weeks in a row with a cut of close to 5 percent. Data showing a slowdown in GDP growth in Q3 December spooked investors while macroeconomic worries arising from high oil prices also weighed on sentiments.

Foreign institutional investors’ (FII) flow continued unabated with $5 bln in February and $7 bln so far this year. Domestic institutional investors continue their selling spree with a net sell figure of $2.4 bln in February and $3.8 bln YTD.

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced 530 bln euros in the second Long-Term Refinancing Operation (LTRO) operation that was marginally higher than expected and compared with a 489 bln euro figure last time. However, there are still fears looming the Greek crisis has still not been resolved and there will eventually be a Euro exit as we have been indicating in the past.

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