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Economists vs the zero barrier


USA-FED/Anyone involved in financial markets on a day-to-day basis will be familiar with bits of jargon like “breaking the psychological barrier”, “passing key resistance levels,” and even “magic numbers”.

While academics might argue if such things exist, market players put a lot of weight (and money) on the way certain financial instruments, indexes and currencies seem to behave near a certain number – usually a round figure.

Economists, looking months and years into the future to predict the path of entire economies, could well declare themselves immune to the superstitions of daily market movements.

But they too are victims of the psychology of round numbers – or to be precise, zero.