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Rising populism, Trumpflation, SA surprising on the upside, investors reaching for a blend of active and passive and business engaging with government are trends to watch 1. Global rise of populism pressuring governments Why? With Brexit, Donald Trump’s US presidential election win and growing support for right-wing parties in Europe, developed country governments are coming under increasing pressure to deliver on the demands of their electorates. After years of mediocre growth in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, the gap between rich and poor has grown. Voters have become increasingly disenchanted with the establishment, seeing politicians and the elite as often the primary beneficiaries of an economic system that appears to favour the wealthy. The path of the US will be defined by Trump’s transition from being a seemingly chaotic campaigner to having to govern effectively while delivering on his many ambitious election promises. The UK’s economic trajectory will hinge on the ...

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