In the first of four articles looking ahead to FIS 2020, we highlight how the event will focus on de-globalisation and geopolitical stress, particularly the deteriorating relationship between China and the US. Elsewhere, FIS delegates will hear how asset owners are positioning their portfolios in today's challenging environment.
While some degree of deglobalisation may be desirable today, this process also carries grave risks, from skyrocketing production costs to geopolitical conflict. The only way to mitigate those risks is through enhanced multilateral cooperation.
Even if the United States turns a blind eye to deglobalization’s effects on the rest of the world, it should remember that the current abundant demand for dollar assets depends heavily on the vast trade and financial system that some American politicians aim to shrink. If deglobalization goes too far, no country will be spared.