by Bill O’Grady
(N.B. This will be the last WGR of 2018. Our next report will be published January 7, 2019.)
As is our custom, we close out the current year with our geopolitical outlook for the next one. This report is less a series of predictions as it is a list of potential geopolitical issues that we believe will dominate the international landscape in the upcoming year. It is not designed to be exhaustive, but rather it focuses on the “big picture” conditions that we believe will affect policy and markets going forward. They are listed in order of importance.
Issue #1: China
Issue #2: European Politics
Issue #3: Rising Western Populism
Issue #4: Saudi Succession
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