Investing in a less stable world
The world is no longer dominated by one or two great powers – other countries and power-blocs are making their influence felt.
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POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC INFLUENCE
Geopolitics has become more dynamic and unpredictable for both politicians and investors. While we are data-driven investors, the increasing number of real or would-be competitors to the US merits attention given its implications for longer-term economic growth. We are increasingly taking a more nuanced view of these macro factors in our investment approach to make sure we’re alive to opportunities – and potential risks – that arise.
- The framework of global trade is becoming more complex and fragmented
- The US is backing away from its leading global role, while other countries and regions – China, India, Russia and the EU – are becoming gradually more politically and economically influential
- We’ll be paying more attention to geopolitical movements and what they mean for different asset types and industries as global relationships develop
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