MIDDLE EAST TENSIONS SHAKE MARKETS, BUT INVESTORS HOLD THEIR NERVE

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Global markets have retreated amid escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran, with investors fleeing to safe-haven assets. But Alastair McCaig, Fern Wealth’s director of Investment Management, argues that if the markets were seriously worried about it, we would have seen more aggressive reactions.
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