A Market Haiku for the Day

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

This Thursday morning,
Market volatility.
What is happening?

Slowdown spooks people,
China, Europe, oil prices,
Yellen worries too

The yuan’s shaky
Bank of Japan’s negative
Rates add confusion

Oil below 30,
Lowest since 2003
Oversupply now

Banks perform badly
European stocks dropping
Markets are anxious

In 2016
Will U.S. hike interest rates?
March is much too soon!

Investors worry
Global selloff continues
Turmoil. Just buy bonds?