10 Risks For Singapore Investors To Watch Out For In 2017

Within the last 10 years, the world has witnessed a global financial crisis, multiple wars, one of the largest refugee crisis ever seen, populism popping up in many parts of the world, and the irony of seeing developed nations call for protectionism and developing nations pushing toward globalisation.

2016 was a very interesting year and I think 2017 is going to be interesting too. As investors, it is important to think of the risks that could possibly derail our investments. Here’s my list of 10 macro-economic and geopolitical risks investors in Singapore should look out for in 2017:

  1. Developed nations pushing even more aggressively for protectionist policies, resulting in negative impacts to global trade and eventually, trade wars.
  2. The inability of major economies around the world to wind down their quantitative easing programs, thereby leading to massive assets bubbles all over the world.
  3. Currency wars that stem from attempts by major economies to significantly devalue their currency.
  4. Escalation of tension in the ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea; this could have drastic consequences.
  5. A total change of policies within the European Union due to an unexpected change in political leadership in Germany after the country’s Federal Election takes place in October 2017.
  6. The emergence of a divisive ASEAN because of the South China Sea crisis, thereby breaking up the progress of the ASEAN Economic Corridor (AEC).
  7. Extremist or populist parties taking control of more and more nations around the world.
  8. The rise of Blockchain technology and the possible disruption it can bring to traditional businesses.
  9. An excessive increase in regulations in many industries, such as banking; this could grind the global economy to a halt.
  10. Global warming.

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The information provided is for general information purposes only and is not intended to be personalised investment or financial advice. Motley Fool Singapore writer Stanley Lim doesn’t own shares in any companies mentioned.