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Finance International

What can investors do about the negative rates conundrum?

Spooked markets and heightened investor anxiety has provoked a pronounced change in long term capital allocation strategies.

Economics North America

Federal Reserve interest rates present potential risk in the long-term

The Federal Reserve held rates steady last week and Wall Street cheered, but the reasons for the Fed’s hesitancy may represent significant risks for investors down the road. In the

Europe Politics

Labeled a model for the EU, Ireland goes to the polls

The next Irish general election will probably see the current leader re-elected. But the potential for intense coalition negotiations is here and Ireland is set to move slightly away from

Finance North America

Federal Reserve to test negative interest rates

In a recently released annual report, the Federal Reserve issued rules for stress-test scenarios that include a move to negative interest rates. While the report is careful to categorize the

Europe Finance

Financial markets look to European policymakers

European policymakers are initiating a smoothing of regulatory burdens on investors. But political risks like the Brexit and a politically motivated Tax on Financial Transactions threaten to counter this tantalizing

Europe Security

Brussels approves France’s revised, post-attack deficit

What are the impacts of France’s security pact announced in the wake of the Paris attacks? Does it mark a readjustment between political imperatives and EU budgetary discipline? France to

Europe Politics

Ciudadanos will play decisive role in Spanish elections

Upcoming elections in Spain bring two new parties, Ciudadanos and Podemos, into play. Spain will hold a general election on 20 December. Significant support for new parties are a threat to incumbent

Europe Politics

Kosovo hampers Serbia’s progress towards the EU

After years in the political wilderness Serbia has started to make incremental progress towards becoming a full member of the EU. The events in Kosovo this month, sparking angry exchanges

Europe Finance

Will EU budget rule-breaking become a norm?

This month the European Commission published its assessments of the draft budgetary plans of Eurozone member states for the year 2016. They have already prompted rebukes from EU member states

International Politics

Weekly Risk Outlook

COP21 begins in Paris. ECB sets interest rates. IMF discusses adding Yuan to SDR. Brazil releases poor Q3 growth figures. LNG summit in Italy explores potential. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. Global Climate