1. Financial volatility has returned to the global marketplace amid escalating sovereign debt problems in the United States (US) and the Eurozone countries. Intense political wrangling over the US' debt ceiling, the subsequent downgrading of the US' credit rating, and fears of contagion in the Eurozone have created significant uncertainties in the market. The World Bank's Robert Zoellick has warned that markets are now entering a "new danger zone," while other analysts have raised the possibility of yet another global recession.
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