Topic/Theme Reports

Country Risk Chat: Canít Le Pen in Macron Just Yet!


​The French Presidential Follies Bergere, just lost two hoofers, as Macron & Le Pen duke it out in the final leg of the contest. Macron the favorite, but it should be close in early May. Italy & Venezuela lurch downward in this home stretch.

Country Risk Chat: Voters, N.KorKooks, Sultans & Other GeoPolit Crazies


All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances...And this is for certain, the world is ruled by crazies of all sorts. Good for Wall Street traders, worse for many sovereign bonds and real money investors.

Country Risk Chat: WWF Move Over, The EU Cage-Match Continues with France, the UK, Germany & Greece


​The EU & UK political tug-of-wars resemble a World Wrestling Federation cage match with the darling and devilish contenders "Greece"-ing it up. Market volatility will remain through year-end with never-ending chokeholds.

Country Risk Chat: French - German Maginot Line: Bulgarian Bearhugs


As the French fight amongst themselves and not the outside world for a change, and the Germans begin to mobilize for their election tussle, Bulgaria is becoming a chess piece in Putin's "new world order". Scandi banks are source of stability amidst the continents crisis.

Country Risk Chat: Dutch Treat, French Fromage Ė Still Smelly in Europe


The Dutch elections drew a sigh of relief for the EU establishment, but the opposition gained seats and may return with a vengeance next time. Meanwhile, the French elections becoming a MMA contest between Independent and Frexit forces. Should be a celebreity death match finish.

Country Risk Chat: French Elections 2017 - Update


Recently returned from France, Dr. Scott gives his birds-eye view of the French election landscape. Macron still his favorite, although Le Pen gaining ground. Should be a palpitante course de chaveaux.

Country Risk Chat: Foraging for Trump Truffles in France


Our "galloping gourmand" country risk analyst, Dr. Scott, gives his "man on the street" view of the brewing political volatility in France. Move over AC Coops, S&M is on the real gastronomical & political news.

Country Risk Chat: France Filleted by Trump-mania


France filleted by high political drama with Le Pen and the field jockying for position. High debt, terrorist acts, nationalist awakenings, oiled up by the Trumpster, are frying up bond and ratings pressures.

ConfCall Script Part 1: Trump Dismantling Dodd-Frank, Enhancing Market Trading Liquidity


President Trump's Executive Order on Financial Markets regulation could unleash the wild-west conditions of the mid-2000s. Or improve market trading liquidity and restore normalcy to the US resi- mortgage markets. We explore the impacts.

Country Risk Chat: Another Brick in the Wall for Mexico?


President Trump's twitter tirades are adding another brick of ratings risk to a possible "walled-in" Mexcio. Weakness across Caribbean nations including Barbados and Belize adds to bondholder woes in EM.

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