Our country recently experienced one of the most raucous and divisive presidential elections in recent memory. And, since January, we have been bombarded with news related to the new president’s actions and policies. Depending on your preferred news source, the Trump presidency is either the saving of the American democracy or a sign of the coming apocalypse.
A friend of mine tells about a former colleague, a stockbroker, who was famous around the office for his frequent, dire financial predictions. “He successfully predicted five of the last two bear markets,” my friend remarked.
In our last article, we noted that international factors are very much on investors’ minds as they look toward 2017. According to a recent Morgan Stanley survey, four of investors’ top five concerns for this year arise from global trends. We took a brief look at some of the chief risks that US investors must consider when they invest internationally.
A December 2016 article on Marketwatch.com reported on a Morgan Stanley survey of investors that listed respondents’ top five financial worries for 2017. In order from greatest to least, these were: