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In 2018, keep an eye on 9 market disruptions that didn't happen in 2017

The failure of these 9 threats to materialise contributed to 2017's strong annual performance for risk assets

Global equity issuance up from 2016 slump

Many of the assessments of the 2017 financial markets understandably focused on the impressively favourable outcomes delivered by stocks and other risk assets. Yet it is also worth considering what didn't happen -- in particular, nine events, which, by not taking place, contributed to make the last 12 months exceptional for many investors, big and small. Superlatives have been, and should be used, to describe stock-market performance in 2017. Rewarding overall returns, including gains of 25 per cent for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and 19 per cent for the S&P 500, came ...