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10 Nov 2016 (AFR) – Anxious markets contemplate political paradigm shift

(10 November 2016, AFR, p17, by Jonathan Shapiro)

‘For three decades financial assets have basked in the comfort of ever-falling interest rates, high profits and strong economic growth. Now it is becoming apparent that investors have also taken the benign political environment for granted. If the Brexit vote didn’t serve as a wake-up call, the prospect of a Donald Trump victory in the US Presidential election will shake out any complacency that as the political landscape is disrupted, so too are markets. “There is a generation of fund managers that have never had to factor in political risk,” says Mark Burgess, the former head of the Future Fund, who says the search for yield and return has masked the threats posed by populism for asset prices.   ‘

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