After 20 years in the shadows, the Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan, raising questions about stability in the Middle East and stoking some potential unrest in U.S. financial markets, amid a weekend that was rife with political developments.
“It’s a terrible situation for those U.S. folks who are still there,” J.J. Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, told MarketWatch in emailed comments on Sunday.
“As far as the markets go, we’ll have to wait and see on the longer-term implications,” he said.
Futures, however, were tilting lower, with those for the S&P 500
and the Nasdaq-100