Larry Fink on Market Sell-Off: "Market Is Now Responding to the Pending Fiscal Cliff"

Larry Fink, chairman and CEO of BlackRock, on CNBC's Squawk Box, October 26, 2012.


Steve Liesman: Let's talk about the recent marekt sell-off. It's been sharp and it's causing a lot of concern. What's the cause in your opinion? Is the market telling us something about the economy that we don't already know?

Larry Fink: I think the market is now responding to the pending fiscal cliff. We're starting to approach the election. There's uncertainty about who will be President and how the fiscal cliff will be resolved. CEO's today are pensive about what to do next. They're just sitting back. They're not hiring as much. They're probably not spending as much. So, there's a deceleration in the economy and we all are starting to feel it. Additionally we were expecting a little more resolution in Europe. We're waiting for Spain to act and accept conditionality and that' s probably been delayed by a couple of weeks.


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