Analysis

Dealing with political risk: What FTSE-100 companies say

Author: 
14 Jun 2016
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK,
Asia,
ASEAN,
Russia & CIS,
Americas,
Africa,
Multilateral

Political risk takes many forms and is not easily defined, but it is high and rising by just about any standard. Governments are under pressure or have been forced out of office in countries as far apart as Venezuela, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, Malaysia and Thailand. Armed conflicts have...

Firm foundations? UK residential property investment and the Housing and Planning Act

Author: 
19 May 2016
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Region: 
UK

Following a slow but ultimately successful passage through Parliament, the centrepiece of the UK government’s housing reform agenda has received Royal Assent. Through its explicit prioritisation of ownership over rental, the Housing and Planning Act legislates for the government’s ambition to...

PIPS politics: what four recent European elections tell us

17 Mar 2016
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

The defeat of centre-right governments in Portugal, Ireland, Poland, and Spain despite favourable economic statistics highlights the difficulty for European governments to earn a political dividend if growth is not increasing living standards. Voters are more willing to support political...