In the eight years since the financial crisis, we have been in what I call a political bull market—a time when the thinking, decisions, and activities of political actors have had a disproportionate impact on the performance of companies around the globe. By “political actors,” I mean elected officials, other policy makers and NGOs as well as critics of business and the increasingly restive populations we see in various parts of the world.
As far as the coming election is concerned, we see some areas of business where the impacts could be quite different depending on outcome of the vote (see page 2). But the bigger issue—the politicization of business—isn’t going to diminish, no matter whether the next president is Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In fact, all indications are that it will not only continue, but accelerate. Grasping this is especially important for investors in private equity, real estate, and any other asset class involving long-term commitments.
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