Topic/Theme Reports

Country Risk Chat: USAís a Go-Kart Economy: Some Mo-Mo, Will It Fly off Track?


The US economy is in a dichotomy state between the suffering from truely high unemployment & depressed GDP, and the stock market surge led by the Big Tech stocks. Which way will the US economic go-kart swerves in the end is a centripetal force question to be answered 

Country Risk Chat: Japan Under Pressure; Canít Eat Sushi!


Japan stuck in economic funk for the better part of 25 years, now has to contend with the deleterious effects of COVID-19 for compounding its duel burden of poor demographics and high debt loads. 

Country Risk Chat: Is Biden Good or Bad for the Markets?


Dr. Scott discusses the US Presidential horse race that is galloping all out to the Swing States finish line. Will Biden help or hinder markets if he keeps up the lead. And will restored jobs and virus cures resurrect Trump's prospects with his final kicks to election day. 

Country Risk Chat: A Long Hot Summer Ahead: Riots, Food & Debt


Dr. Scott reviews the economic landscape as the George Floyd demonstrations lead to violence and looting that further hurts small businesses that have been devastated by the pandemic quarantine conditions. And overlays the US-China tensions over Hong Kong and other pandemic issues. Then food insecurity globally, with inflationary effects. Finally, India's downgrade by Moody's and thoes effects. 

Country Risk Chat: 10,000 Years BC, where we are Headed?


Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my! The global economic/political and sovereign landscapes entering the dog days of summer a month in advance as economies and governments erupt into firestorms of controversy and weakness. Dr. Scott explains how the economic battlefield minefields can be adroitly avoided. 

ESG Perspectives: Juneteenth & DOAS Must Haves


In the spirit of the Juneteenth commemorations recognizing the beginning of freedom for former American Slaves of African origin, we present exerpts of The Sightless Bird, a blog that comments on critical African American ESG investment issues as they impact the DOAS community (Descendants of African Slaves). There is still much to be done to support a better and more fair social, economic and political environment. 

Country Risk Chat: Bully China & World Domination


Dr. Scott MacDonald gives his views on the economic rise of China and its efforts to muscle its way into various geopolitical matches and disputes. China continues to collide with the US and key allies in the Pacific region. But how does that impact China’s trade and economic progress? And political friction with democratic Hong Kong and Taiwan? All of these and other tangential issues are impacted by the Covid-19 health catastrophe and impacts to US, European and Asian growth.

Country Risk Chat: Dark Clouds Are Coming


Dr. Scott reviews the US economic weakness as record numbers of Americans are unemployed, and it looks like a slow recovery into 2021. And interplays the political friction as US presidential electioneering ramps up and the debate on US state budget deficits and underfunded state pensions. Europe fiscal challenges and difficulties funding through as well. 

Country Risk Chat: Hanging On to Our Way of Life


The US economy is changing at a rapid clip with contraction & unemployment rising to possible Great Depression levels. Dr. Scott looks at the structural changes and financial metric implications, More US downgrades ahead? Also, Korea's missing Kim & geopolitcal impacts. And a Caribbean economic update.

Country Risk Chat: Tearing It All Down? IMF & European Discord


Dr. Scott gives his views of the IMF economic projections for 2020 to 2021. And the discord between the US and the WHO as nonproductive in a world that needs unity to combat the pandemic. Europe not unified on Italy and other indebted country packages. 

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