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Should investors stay home or go global in 2017?

Should investors stay home or go global in 2017?

Article by By Erik Ristuben at Russell Investments


The cause of global integration took some serious hits in 2016, most notably: 

  • Brexit, or the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union

  • Donald Trump’s surprise win of the U.S. presidential election, largely due to the continued promise to close America’s borders, and attacks on free trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which he called “the single worst trade deal ever approved in this country,”1 and the Trans-Pacific Partnership

These are not isolated cases. From the Italian Referendum to looming presidential and parliamentary elections in France and Germany and the apparent rise of nationalism in mainland Europe, an anti-globalization sentiment is taking hold in several countries across the globe.

Does the growing anti-globalization trend undermine our strategic case for global investors? 

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