David Coombs, Head of multi-asset investments
Arriving at Heathrow T3 after a very chilled out conference in Vienna last week (-8°C), I soon found myself at the end of a mammoth, snaking queue at border control. Only six of the 15 automatic passport readers were operating and just one human was checking travel papers the old fashioned way.
Donald Trump certainly hit the ground running. In his first days as President he inked a flurry of executive orders, bypassing Congress to dismantle many of his predecessor’s policies.
So 2016 was a disastrous year.
Well, we’ve been hearing that a lot, whether it’s the newspaper columnists ranting by the inch, actors whinging at the Golden Globes or economists and strategists griping about politics interfering with textbook theories.
As a truly remarkable year comes to a close, I am once again indulging in a bit of crystal ball gazing.
This year will be my third attempt to call the future (with a large pinch of salt), and hopefully I manage to continue a relatively solid run of extremely bold predictions. My forecast for 2016 was not quite as successful as the year before, but given the tremendous changes that we have witnessed across the world, I’m happy with several near misses.
“Hillary, you cannot be trusted – you’re fired…”
- Donald Trump 2016
We need a Boogie Rock revival about as much as we do stagflation. And with Status Quo embarking on another ‘last tour’ to promote their latest release, Acoustic II, I’m not sure whether to be more concerned for our ears or our earnings…
It’s the final showdown of the desperate duo. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are probably the most despised American presidential candidates ever presented. Trump is Marmite and Clinton is distrusted by many Democrats, let alone her opponents and the undecided. Both are desperate for votes.
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