The US dollar is the world’s reserve currency, the representation of US economic might on the global stage and the de facto currency unit for the overwhelming majority of financial assets.
The fears that caused a downturn in Mexican stocks are beginning to lift, revealing resilient and buoyant performance as the country’s main stock index, Mexbol, hits record highs. The run-up to the US presidential election stoked fears amongst international markets as the Republican candidate
At the G20 summit on July 7, US President Donald Trump sat immediately next to his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto. After they each spoke about the progress being made in trade issues between the two countries, reporters volleyed a flurry of questions at the US president
Just when the US coal industry had been persuaded that its glory days were over, President Donald Trump came to the rescue with his Energy Independence Executive Order. Coal executives rejoiced, but even the president may not be able to save an industry that is being battered by something more serious than “clean” government regulations, and that is competition from alternative power sources.
The battle between the globalists and the populists has captivated people around the world, including investors, who are today inclined to place political news ahead of the more tried-and-true economic indicators in making decisions. Despite the turmoil in politics, though, many leading economies, especially that of the US, are doing rather well, with no major storms on the visible horizon.
The threat of catastrophic consequences from rampant global warming has given rise to a relatively new financial instrument, the green bond, issued by governments and institutions that are successfully combining healthy financial returns with equally healthy measures to tackle environmentally unhealthy carbon emissions. These investments are now regarded as an integral part of the global effort to combat climate change.
During his election campaign, US President Donald Trump promised to be a human boon to the US construction industry, one of the nation’s most vital and influential. As the days have ticked away since his inauguration, have the new administration’s policies made a difference for the industry, or added to its uncertainty about what the future really holds?
In mid-April, a draft of the legislation to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act—a law that has been branded by US President Donald Trump as a “disaster” that has made it difficult for businesses to get loans—was released.
During his campaign, US President Donald Trump was short on praise for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. But since taking office in January, he has softened his public remarks about her low interest-rate policies, and there is even the possibility that he might re-nominate her in 2018. Would the reappointment of an avowed monetary-policy dove work for or against his economic plans in the future?
Russia is amongst the global heavyweights, but its economy and stock markets are vulnerable to forces outside of its control, especially the price of oil but also politics in other parts of the world, such as the United States. The country’s fortunes will depend on how oil prices fare but also on how well relations with the new administration in Washington pan out.