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American Express Lists Trump Administration As A Risk Factor In 10-K

"... changes in global economic and business conditions, consumer and business spending, the availability and cost of capital, unemployment rates, geopolitical conditions (including potential impacts resulting from the U.S. Administration and the proposed exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union)"

For BlackRock, This Is The Red Flag Among Record Low Volatility

“Hiding political risk is not reflected in markets. People are not that nervous, and there are things that could go wrong, particularly when you think about all of the political risks. That adds to the argument for having gold in a portfolio.”

Tony Blair Urges Brexit Opponents To "Rise Up" And Fight To Stay In The EU

In a fiery speech delivered in London aimed to show U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May that she won’t get everything her own way, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair Tony Blair urged opponents of Brexit to “rise up” and fight to change the British people’s minds about leaving the European Union. 

The German 'Anti-Trump' That Could Beat Merkel

German politics = boring politics – in recent decades this equation has generally held true. And yet, with the new Europe we face, that perhaps is no longer the best thing for them to be. Suddenly politics in Germany has become very interesting and the race for the chancellorship looks open again.

Frontrunning: February 14

  • Yellen to Face Questions on Trump’s Impact on Economy (WSJ)
  • Fed has limited view on Trump economic policies as Yellen heads to Congress (Reuters)
  • Oil rises as OPEC-led output cuts trim oversupply (Reuters)
  • Mnuchin’s G-20 Debut Clouded by Currency Chatter (BBG)
  • Israel’s Netanyahu Prepares for High-Stakes Talks With Trump (WSJ)
  • Peugeot Owner in Talks to Buy GM’s European Business (BBG)

Is Greece Really On The Verge Of Another Financial Crisis?

Just about every adult on earth has seen this show before. Greece faces a debt repayment that it cannot meet... and needs fresh bailout funds. Past budget stringency has failed to relieve Greece’s predicament. If Athens were to unwind this crony-capitalist regulatory regime, it would generate an economic dynamism that Greece desperately needs.