June 29, 2018—During 2Q 2018, it appears that China equity and currency risks have risen against the background of a somewhat softer local economy. A Chinese state think tank caused a stir by briefly posting online a report warning policymakers that they should take actions to preclude a “financial panic.
June 8, 2018— Global investors view European elections, referenda, and other changes of government through a market lens: To what degree are these political developments favorable or unfavorable for markets? The surprise 2016 BREXIT referendum outcome was, of course, market negative. French, German, and Dutch elections in 2017 were all positive, in that they produced centrist pro-European Union (EU) governments.
May 31, 2018— Over the last week there were significant developments in Italian politics that roiled worldwide markets. We believe some of the market volatility was an overblown reaction to the proposal of an anti-euro finance minister, dredging up Greece-style fears of cracks in the eurozone but in a much larger, more consequential country. The proposal was more political theater than anything else.