Topic/Theme Reports

Country Risk Chat: Italy Erupts, EU Tsunami Warning?


Italy risk erupts as politicals incite the financial markets. Still, tough decisions on both will continue to make waves in the markets. 

Country Risk Chat: EM Risk Ratchets Up in LatAm & Italy


EM risk fires up with Venezuela's  re-election of President Maduro. Argentina looking for debt line to service heavy debt load. Brazil holding in. And Italy going populist. Egypt gets by with a little help from Gulf friends. 

Country Risk Chat: Ballots & Debt, Part 2: Election Triggers in Malaysia & Colombia


Part 2 of  Ballots & Debt explores the political part of  the EM risk cycle as Malaysia & Colombia wrestle with their recent and upcoming decisions. 

Country Risk Chat: Ballots & Debt – Argentina EM Contagion Trigger?


EM debt concerns heating up as higher US rates wreak havoc on high debt loads & political election reactions. Part 1 of this series explores the Argentina debt dilemma that can set off EM contagion. 

Country Risk Chat: Brexit Prune Juice, Irish Borders & Turkish Elections


High country debt loads, rising rates & political risk offers a challenging environment to many an EM exposure. Turkey stands out. Review Brexit ramifications to N. Ireland/Ireland and other messy factors.

Country Risk Chat: Four’easter Fright Fest: Oncoming Traffic, Brakes Don’t Work


Rising rates, global trade war rhetoric, uncertain electoral politics and other geopolitical risks increasing country risk volatility climate. Stormy conditions a threat in Italy, Japan, Russia, Turkey, China and EM zone. 

Country Risk Quick-Take: Italy Post-Election Thoughts from the Nor’easter Blackouts Zone


Italy becomes a euro hot spot again as the eurosceptic parties gained a majority of the votes. Though hampered by power outages in Westchester County, Dr. Scott forges ahead with his quick takes on possible government scenarios for Italy. 

Country Risk Chat: Bears In the Woods - EM, Europe, Italy, Germany, Brazil


Can Europe unhinge as ECB backs away from its decade old uber-money flex stance. Italian election & German coalition forming continues to rattle the geopoliticals. Brazil in flux with pensions unsolved and its upcoming elections.

Country Risk Chat: HY Sovereign Roulette


The world is awash in liquidity from central banks and now upcoming higher yielding maturities looking for a yieldy home. Step right up to Brazil, Venezuela and China for roulette placers.

Country Risk Chat 2018 Outlook


VRA's country strategist, Dr. Scott MacDonald, gives his outlook for country risk across the globe. Likes Brazil and KSA  bonds, down on China, Italy, Spain & UK. Safe harbors with US/Scandinavian banks. 

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