North Korea may not be the biggest worry for this ailing stock market

Did Thursday’s little jolt of volatility wake you up after months of unusual stock market calm? Better get used to it.

You might be tempted to think that the conflict between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was the main cause of the selling. If so, you probably have faith that as soon as this calms down we can get back to the races. Given that Trump has lots of supporters who are invested in stocks, there’s extra motivation for him to behave in a way that calms the markets. Right?

The problem with this theory is that Thursday’s weakness in the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.07% , the S&P 500 SPX, +0.13% and the Nasdaq COMP, +0.64% , actually may not have a lot to do with U.S.

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