There may be plenty of reasons for gloom as we look at today's economic and political backdrop. Eurozone inflation accelerated to an all-time high of 8.1%, oil is close to $120 a barrel, and there may be further rate rises from the Federal Reserve.
Against this backdrop, it's not surprising that most assets around the world have declined by double digit amounts as even the UK housing market has seen affects this week with particularly weak mortgage approvals.
Is this a classic bear market rally or a sign perhaps that at the margin, news is improving? Join Guy Monson as he looks at these issues and discusses what it means for your portfolio.