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2019 around the world: A survey of country risks

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As my colleagues in the BlackRock Investment Institute make clear in the new 2019 outlook, markets are moving into a more challenging phase. We see slower global growth and corporate earnings in 2019, while the U.S. economy approaches the late stages of the business cycle. The bottom line is that balancing risk and returns is getting harder and we believe investors should consider building resilience into their portfolios. That means identifying the risks ahead of time and planning appropriately is more important than ever as investors plan for the year ahead. The year 2018 was filled with geopolitical events that impacted markets, a trend likely to continue in 2019. However, valuations have reset and risk premiums are higher this time around. Being selective, as always, is key.

Here is a survey of some of the key risks facing markets around the world. I've organized them by geopolitical risks and economic, namely the challenges faced by slowing global growth.

Geopolitical:

United Kingdom: [1] Mexico: [2] Italy:

Slowing global growth:

Japan: [3] Korea & Taiwan: [4]

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Chris Dhanraj is the Head of the iShares Investment Strategy team and a regular contributor toThe Blog.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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