November 6, 2020—As votes continue to be counted for key states including Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, the outcome of the U.S. election is still uncertain, but the fog is starting to lift. Specifically, former Vice President Biden appears to be on track to the necessary 270 electoral votes, having taken the lead in both Pennsylvania and Georgia this morning. However, the vote counts are not complete and we anticipate recounts and litigation.
Will the UK and EU Reach a New Free Trade Agreement?September 21, 2020—UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently introduced the Internal Market Bill (the Bill) into Parliament, which conflicts with the UK-EU divorce agreement (officially the withdrawal agreement). The Bill threatens to derail ongoing UK-EU negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) and has also provoked widespread outrage (in the UK, EU, and even the U.S.
September 2, 2020—Last week the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) of the Federal Reserve announced changes to its Statement on Longer-Run Goals and Monetary Policy Strategy. That official statement, first adopted in 2012 and only modified slightly in years since, is an important guidepost for markets, as it formally establishes how the Fed interprets the mandate given by Congress.