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  • Shane Oliver

Shares hitting bear market territory – the fear of fear itself or something more fundamental?

> The malaise in financial markets is continuing with Australian shares now joining Europe, Japan and emerging markets in a bear market.

> Global growth worries could drive more short term weakness. But in the absence of a US/global recession it’s hard to see a deep and long bear market.

> The key for investors is to recognise that periodic declines in share markets are normal, that selling after big declines just locks in a loss, that dividend income from a well-diversified portfolio is little affected by share market volatility and that income flow from Australian shares is now very high relative to bank deposits.

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