Risky Politics

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and author of the forthcoming book with Preston Keat The Fat Tail: The Power of Political Knowledge for Strategic Investing (Oxford University Press, March 2009) and Art Kleiner, editor-in-chief of Booz & Company's strategy+business magazine, discuss the top 10 political risks in 2009.


Ian Bremmer and Art Kleiner

Comments [10]


matthew/9 succinctly put.

Jan. 12 2009 11:56 AM
Matthew Schmidt from Forest Hills

This is, by far, the worst segment I've ever heard on the Brian Lehrer show. The U.S. dollar going away? Are you kidding me? OK, sure, I'm quite certain that every other country in the world will have no problem dumping the largest portion of their investment portfolio.

Jan. 12 2009 11:21 AM
Tim from Scarsdale

IF the incoming Congress is more 'constituency centered', which in context is a disparaging term, what is his term for its converse?
Isn't "constituency centered' another term for democracy?

Jan. 12 2009 11:21 AM
Joe Corrao from Brooklyn

The messes of the private sector are often caused by the government regulations/over seers/commitees/panels. The Madoff debacle was caused by the government letting us down (once again). The SEC didn't do anything but gave people the illusion that they were over seeing and protecting against fraud. had there been NO SEC the buyer/investor would have to do the there own Due Diligence to protect THERE OWN INVESTMENT. We don't need mama USA to protect us.

Jan. 12 2009 11:20 AM
Mike from Northern Manhattan

It's not how big it is, it's how you use it!!! duh...

Jan. 12 2009 11:18 AM
kenny from manhattan

Whenever the government tries to clean up the messes the Private Sector makes, business guys mutter darkly about nebulous "Unintended Consequences".

They never have facts to back their mutterings and their intent is to stop regulation and oversight.

Well, aren't there possible "Unintended Consequences" to doing nothing?

We have seen the bad things that happen when we let the Free Market run wild. Anyone who thinks regulation is a risk must carry the burden of proof. Ask these guys for numbers.

Jan. 12 2009 11:14 AM

what does that mean; "even if there are Islamists in charge"?

Jan. 12 2009 11:13 AM
Linda from CT

The kneejerk reaction of Congress to the lead paint/contaminants in imported children's products led to the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act).

This will put all individuals and small businesses who create handmade or short production toys, furniture, bedding/quilts, clothing, and other durable goods into or near bankruptcy on Feb. 10.

The Act requires extremely expensive testing on ALL kids products to be certified for sale.

I'm changing my product line because of it.

Jan. 12 2009 11:13 AM

When a would-be house buyer hangs back until he sees how the government plays its hand in the housing market -- that's all political risk can be.

On the other hand, there was an article in the Times the other day that China is not so interested as before in investing in the US market because of political risk. That's just ridiculous.

US political risk is nil compared to nearly any other country, and getting less risky as the government plays a bigger role in the US economy. This makes it ever more attractive to those seeking a percentage of high stability in their portfolios.

Jan. 12 2009 11:11 AM
Joe Corrao from Brooklyn

Listen to Peter Schiff
Euro Pacific Capital

Jan. 12 2009 11:09 AM

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