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Weekly Geopolitical Report – Hungary’s PM: Madman or Geopolitical Genius? (December 8, 2014)

by Kaisa Stucke, CFA Hungary has seen increasing domestic civil unrest over centralization of power and international criticism over potential changes in its democratic process.  Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban supports the creation of an “illiberal democracy,” noting that countries with restricted democracies have been the rising stars on the international front.  He is also one… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Part 2 (November 24, 2014)

by Bill O’Grady Last week, we began our two-part series on the fall of the Berlin Wall with an examination of the end of Marxism.  In this report, we will examine the rest of the important consequences from the fall of the Berlin Wall.  These are: The Collapse of the U.S.S.R. The Onset of the… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Part 1 (November 17, 2014)

by Bill O’Grady It has been 25 years since the Berlin Wall ceased to divide East and West Berlin.  After signifying the “hard border” between two competing world systems where East German security forces “shot to kill” their countrymen who tried to cross into West Berlin, suddenly, Germans were safely pouring across the dividing line. … Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Manufacturing Renaissance? (November 10, 2014)

by Kaisa Stucke, CFA Falling energy prices and historically high domestic hydrocarbon production have left many consumers giddy at the pump, while leaving many investors wondering what the market ramifications of cheap oil and natural gas could be.  Short-term effects have included improved consumer confidence and increased consumption as people have more available income.  A longer… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – A Smaller World (November 3, 2014)

by Bill O’Grady Being the global superpower is a great burden.  There are military, political, economic and financial obligations that are costly to maintain.  At the same time, history shows that when there is no dominant hegemon the world tends to suffer from instability and chaos.[1]  Although the superpower may wish to abandon the encumbrance, the… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Echo of Wirtschaftswunder (October 27, 2014)

by Bill O’Grady Since the initial Greek financial crisis in 2010, economic and financial problems in the Eurozone continue to periodically emerge.  The most recent issue is that the Eurozone may soon face deflation; price levels continue to decline.  The current yearly CPI is up a mere 0.3%.  Although the Eurozone did experience a bout of… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Eighth Default of Argentina (October 20, 2014)

by Kaisa Stucke & Bill O’Grady Very few countries have seen as spectacular of a decline in its economic standing over the past 100 years as Argentina has.  The country started the 20th century as one of the richest in the world, but has fallen behind as a result of its turbulent political history and… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Dilma or No Dilma? (October 13, 2014)

by Kaisa Stucke & Bill O’Grady During the first round of Brazilian presidential elections on October 5, the incumbent Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party received 42% of the votes while Aecio Neves of the Social Democracy Party received 34%.  Since none of the candidates received more than 50% of the vote, the second round… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Welcome to the World, the Country of Catalonia? (October 6, 2014)

by Kaisa Stucke & Bill O’Grady On November 9, the Catalonia region of Spain is due to hold a referendum for independence.  The referendum had previously been approved by the regional government; however, it was ruled unconstitutional by the Spanish Supreme Court.  Currently, it is unclear whether the November 9 referendum would result in a… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Ebola (September 29, 2014)

by Kaisa Stucke & Bill O’Grady Last week marked six months since the Ebola outbreak was identified in the African country of Guinea.  The current Ebola epidemic is the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of the disease in the history of the virus.  More cases have been diagnosed and more people have died… Read More »

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