"The market is getting pummeled from every direction," said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading for online broker Oanda.
Investors are getting involved in a slowdown in global economic growth, according to market experts. Donald Trump's attacks on US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell continue to interest rates.
US stocks went into a tailspin Monday after Trump tweeted that "the only problem our economy has is the Fed," stoking fears he may fire Powell.
Investors around the world have already had plenty to worry about, including China's economic slowdown, the unresolved US-China trade was and Brexit's unpredictable outcome.
Despite strong growth this year, the US economy has become a wild card in recent weeks as investors have fretted about the combination of slowing growth and rising interest rates. US stocks are on pace for their worst December since the Great Depression.
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin added to the uncertainty on Sunday. He said the executives assured him their banks are healthy and have "ample liquidity" to lend to consumers and businesses. "Markets continue to function properly," Mnuchin said.
"This is the type of announcement that raises." The Cowen & Co. analyst Jaret Seiberg wrote in a note to clients.
The partial US government shutdown has added to the sense of disarray.
Multiple major stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region were closed Tuesday for Christmas, including Hong Kong, Australia and South Korea.
Kabeya said he's skeptical investors' downbeat mood will improve before the end of the year.
CNN's Junko Ogura, Rich Barbieri, David Goldman, and Nathaniel Meyersohn contributed to this report.