Global stocks sank Wednesday under the weight of worries about the possible timing of a U.S. rate hike, economic weakness in China and an impending referendum on Scottish independence.
In the world of currencies, the dollar is starting to look like a safe home in a tough neighborhood.
A critical referendum on whether Scotland should be an independent country will take place on September 18.
Asian stock markets were muted Tuesday amid holidays in Hong Kong and South Korea.
China's exports grew more than forecast in August while imports shrank unexpectedly for the second month in a row, a reminder of the fragile recovery in the world's No.
Asian stock markets meandered in holiday-thinned trading Monday after Chinese trade figures suggested domestic demand is lackluster.
For the struggling Spanish shopkeeper or the Portuguese restaurant owner, the European Central Bank's latest economic stimulus plans won't likely provide much relief anytime soon.