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Never mind the volatility

Never mind the volatility

How many people do you know who think the world is a safer, more stable place than it was 12 months ago? According to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board, who have been setting their infamous Doomsday Clock since 1947, we are at just two-and-a-half minutes to midnight – the point at which humanity faces Armageddon. This is the most gloomy outlook since 1953 when the first hydrogen bomb was detonated and with the machismo foreign policies of Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un you can understand why, in its 2017 report, the Science and Security Board implored that “wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink”.

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