Monday, March 14, 2011

Radiation Leak adds further pressure to Nikkei: Nikkei 225 Futures down 14.5% at Midday Break

Before I begin this post, I would like to convey my feelings on the recent destructive earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The tragedy in Japan has been heartbreaking, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese people. I hope that all nations and capable people will do whatever they can do to help the people that have been affected.

Please donate to a charity that can help the recovery efforts, like the Red Cross (I have linked to the Canadian and American sites), Doctors Without Borders (U.S.) or Medicins Sans Frontieres (Canada), or UNICEF.

After such a devastating few days in Japan, the news continues to shock the world. While I may sound presumptive, it does appear that the latest explosion in reactor #2 and the fire in reactor #4 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station have allowed large amounts of radioactive material to be released into the air, and the containment structure may now be breached. The government is now speaking of radiation that is harmful to humans, and that anyone within a 30km radius from the power station should stay indoors. Unfortunately, the odds appear to be very slim that disaster can be fully averted. The futures worldwide have reacted as a result.

The issues in Japan are unprecendented, in terms of the natural disaster and the chaos that may ensue. At this time, the best position of any investor is to look for Mr. Market's most irrational moves, and build positions in strong companies.

And please donate!

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