Japan's Nikkei stock index falls more than 1,200 points — about 5 percent
Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell more than 1,200 points early on Tuesday, tracking steep losses seen overnight on Wall Street.
Trump's biggest victory — tax cuts — could lead to the demise of his beloved bull market
President Donald Trump's tax cuts may lead to inflationary conditions and the end of the nine-year bull market for stocks.
Billionaire hedge fund manager Dan Loeb specifically called out the risk of inflation to the market rally last month.
Some are concerned adding fiscal stimulus at this late stage of the economy cycle with a jobs markets at or near full employment will spur a rise in inflation.
Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan predicted both inflation and interest rates will surge higher as a result of the country's growing national debt and budget deficit.
"We are dealing with a fiscally unstable long-term outlook in which inflation will take hold," Greenspan said in an interview on Bloomberg Television Wednesday. "I think we're getting to the point now where the breakout is going to be on the inflation upside. The only question is when."
The rates breakout may have started last week.
Global sell-off continues into Asia with Japan and Hong Kong plunging
Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 5.26 percent, or 1,194.21 points, as stocks across sectors pulled back. Automakers, financials and technology names were lower in the morning, with Toyota down 3.47 percent.
Among other blue chips, SoftBank Group tumbled 5.14 percent and Fanuc Manufacturing lost 6.29 percent. Fast Retailing sank 6.1 percent.
Across the Korean Strait, the Kospi declined 2.98 percent. Blue chip technology names were lower, with Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix down 1.88 percent and 1.99 percent early in the session. Among automakers, Hyundai Motor traded briefly in positive territory, but later slipped 2.83 percent.
Down Under, the S&P/ASX 200 declined 2.98 percent on broad-based selling across sectors. The energy sub-index was among the worst-performing in the morning, falling 4.03 percent as energy-related stocks declined following oil prices' move lower. Santos fell 4.05 percent and Oil Search lost 2.93 percent.
The heavily weighted financials sector was also sharply lower, with Australia's "Big Four" banks trading in negative territory on the day. ANZ was down 3.72 percent and Westpac tumbled 3.48 percent.
The Hang Seng Index was down 4.3 percent as stocks sold off across sectors. Among financials, heavyweight HSBC fell 3.38 percent and China Construction Bank lost 5.33 percent. Tech giant Tencent tumbled 5.4 percent. Energy-related stocks also extended declines on Tuesday, with CNOOC tumbling 6.46 percent.
Mainland stocks, which had risen in the last session, followed the region lower on Tuesday. The Shanghai composite slid 2.13 percent and the Shenzhen composite lost 2.68 percent.
Other market indexes in the region also took a beating on Tuesday: Taiwan's Taiex lost 4.54 percent, Vietnam's benchmark VN Index fell 6.17 percent and Malaysia's KLCI tumbled 2.77 percent in the morning.
What goes up must come down. Isaac Newton
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