Reading this critical geopolitical economic article, I found myself troubled understanding this sentence:

"Markets have priced in nothing bad from here to as far as the eye can see."

Here's the greater context:

Here is how I see all of this, the pot is boiling and the warring factions are making stands, everywhere. When I say “warring factions”, I am talking about everything from hawks and doves in the military and in the financial markets to as grand as the East versus the West. So many people have been conditioned that the can will always get kicked down the road and nothing bad will ever be allowed to happen. I disagree. There are just too many flash points in multiple areas for this to continue. Markets have priced in nothing bad from here to as far as the eye can see. Compensation for “risk” does not exist anywhere.

I'm not sure whether "price in" is used as a phrasal verb -- as meaning the opposite of "priced out" -- or what. The rest of the sentence is also hard to make sense, maybe because I can't relate it to the context. Helps appreciated.

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To price in is a common idiomatic expression used in economics and finance to express the concept that something ( an event, a change, news etc.) is reflected in the price of an asset.

Markets have not priced in nothing bad from here means that financial markets have not changed ( in this case decreased) the price of the assets concerned reflecting the bad news. ( probably implying that the news are not considered to have negative financial effects).

Factor in: ( is a synonym expression)

  • to include a particular amount or factor when you calculate something Total spending was virtually the same in real terms after factoring in inflation.

With that respect, price in is not the opposite of priced out which refers the the fact that an asset has a price out of line with the market price.


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