MidEast Retreats as Investors Steer Clear of Most-at-Risk Region

Middle Eastern markets can hardly be accused of complacency over the latest surge in regional tensions, even if global investors are taking a more relaxed view of events. The region accounts for three of the world’s 10 worst-performing equity indexes since the U.S. drone attack that killed Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani last week, while the dollar-denominated bonds of Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, Egypt and Oman are among the 10 biggest losers in emerging markets, Bloomberg News reported. Though the declines may not be surprising for a part of the world routinely roiled by political spats and conflicts, the current selloff may contain a new element. More foreign money is invested in the region than ever before. Read more