Asian markets lower amid US-North Korea tensions

North Korea's Impact on Your investment Portfolio

North Korea's Impact on Your investment Portfolio

Rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to rattle global markets, as the weak lead from the northern hemisphere has flowed into Asian trade.

"The FTSE has carried on where it left off on Thursday, with yet another day of risk-off sentiment seeing investors shift out of equities", said Joshua Mahony, market analyst at IG.

"What has changed this time is that the scary threats and war of words between the United States and North Korea have intensified to the point that markets can't ignore it", said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital in Sydney, as quoted by Reuters. South Korea's benchmark Kospi index fell 1.69%, driven by losses in tech and retail stocks.

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Despite geo-political tensions driving heavy falls across global markets this week, stock traders for both the US S&P500 and London's FTSE index don't appear to be expecting another sell-off, with futures markets little changed ahead of tonight's session.

Gold - generally regarded as a safer asset in times of uncertainty - hit its highest price for more than two months on Friday, touching $1,288.97 an ounce at one point.

Antofagasta dropped 4.6%, Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton each slid 3.9% in London.

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Deutsche Bank lost 2.3% and insurer Allianz fell 1.8% in Frankfurt, while lender Credit Agricole and insurer AXA declined 2.5% each in Paris.

In the eurozone, the Paris CAC 40 dropped nearly 0.7 per cent to 5,081.92 points compared with the closing level on Thursday.

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