Stock Markets Today? in House prices and the economy Posted October 19, 2005 · Edited October 19, 2005 by Dicky What is causing the fall in the stock markets today? FTSE etc seem to been spooked by something? Any ideas? Mr Joe. The BOE latest minutes reported 9-0 to leave rates on hold, the market had priced in a rate cut in November, also alot of the FTSE has just gone ex-dividend. Hope this helps.