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Following tumultuous trading late last week, the S&P 500 fell another 4.1% yesterday, marking one of the largest sell-offs on record. Explanations for the rout vary, though fears over higher inflation and higher interest rates (bond markets have rallied in recent days) seem to be the most commonly cited culprits by market observers. Given that equity markets are prone to mean-reversion, it’s also possible that sentiment is cooling after a prolonged upswing in valuations since the 2008 downturn (see Shiller PE ratio history here). Either way, tech was not spared in the slide, with the NASDAQ sliding 3.8% for the day. The S&P and NASDAQ are now down 9% and 8%, respectively, from their peaks.
S&P 500, NASDAQ Declines from Peak
One very bad day—or even a few bad days—does not necessarily make a trend; however, if the market re-rating is here to stay, what could it mean for startups?
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