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Leave it to those perpetually feuding politicians to gum up a decent market rally and put an economic recovery at risk.

Fears of a U.S. government shutdown over the latest budget impasse in Congress were already roiling markets when former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi did his best to add to investor worries in Europe by pulling the plug on his party’s participation in Italy’s shaky coalition government. As one currency analyst opined: “Farce reigns and risk aversion rises.”

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